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Meaning of subject complement

sub'ject com"plement

Pronunciation: [key]
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  1. a word or a group of words, usually functioning as an adjective or noun, that is used in the predicate following a copula and describes or is identified with the subject of the sentence, as sleepy in The travelers became sleepy. Also called
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