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adjective com·plete \kəm-ˈplēt\

Simple Definition of complete

  • : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything

  • : not limited in any way

  • : not requiring more work : entirely done or completed

Full Definition of complete


  1. 1 a :  having all necessary parts, elements, or steps <a complete diet> b :  having all four sets of floral organs c of a subject or predicate :  including modifiers, complements, or objects

  2. 2 :  brought to an end :  concluded <a complete period of time>

  3. 3 :  highly proficient <a complete artist>

  4. 4 a :  fully carried out :  thorough <a complete renovation> b :  total, absolute <complete silence> c of a football pass :  legally caught

  5. 5 of insect metamorphosis :  characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete 1b

  6. 6 of a metric space :  having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space

com·plete·ly adverb
com·plete·ness noun
com·ple·tive play \-ˈplē-tiv\ adjective
complete with
  1. :  made complete by the inclusion of <a birthday cake complete with candles>

Examples of complete

  1. He spoke in complete sentences.

  2. They sat in complete silence.

Origin of complete

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of complete

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it <a full schedule>. complete applies when all that is needed is present <a complete picture of the situation>. plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification <given plenary power>. replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety <replete with delightful details>.



verb com·plete

Simple Definition of complete

  • : to finish making or doing (something) : to bring (something) to an end or to a finished state

  • : to make (something) whole or perfect

  • American football : to throw (a forward pass) to a teammate who catches it

Full Definition of complete


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state <complete a painting>

  3. 2 a :  to make whole or perfect <its song completes the charm of this bird> b :  to mark the end of <a rousing chorus completes the show> c :  execute, fulfill <complete a contract>

  4. 3 :  to carry out (a forward pass) successfully

Examples of complete

  1. The project took four months to complete.

  2. Her latest purchase completes her collection.

  3. The new baby completed their family.

  4. The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes.

15th Century

First Known Use of complete

15th century

Synonym Discussion of complete

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished <close a debate>. end conveys a strong sense of finality <ended his life>. conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting) <the service concluded with a blessing>. finish may stress completion of a final step in a process <after it is painted, the house will be finished>. complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken <the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement>. terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space <your employment terminates after three months>.

Medical Dictionary


adjective com·plete \kəm-ˈplēt\

Medical Definition of complete

  1. 1of insect metamorphosis :  characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult—compare incomplete 1

  2. 2of a bone fracture :  characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone—compare incomplete 2

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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