WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
subject com′plement, [Gram.]
  1. Grammara 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  subjective complement. 
  • 1935–40

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