complement, compliment

complement, compliment
   The words come from the same Latin root, complere, meaning "to fill up," but have long had separate meanings. Compliment means to praise. Complement has stayed closer to the original meaning: it means to fill out or make whole. As such, it should have been used here: "To compliment the shopping there will also be a ten-screen cinema, nightclub, disco, and entertainment complex" (advertisement in the Financial Times).

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