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
Examples of complete in a Sentence
He spoke in complete sentences.
They sat in complete silence. Verb
The project took four months to complete.
Her latest purchase completes her collection.
The new baby completed their family.
The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes. See More
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The summons effectively extends the deadline to submit a complete lawsuit.—Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 In Ayurveda, it’s referred to as complete chewing, the practice of wholly digesting food from mouth to stomach.—Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2023 This lightweight canvas laptop tote, complete with a clutch purse, is perfect for business, work, office, travel, or school.—Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The cushioned midsole offers ample energy return while the high-top design laces up around your ankles for complete, reliable support.—Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 The final disbursement claim can be made once the project is complete in India.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Unwind in style with the Ghia Cocktail Box, which comes complete with everything from a bottle of Ghia to a fancy pour spout to a handmade Totem Glass designed in collaboration with Sophie Lou Jacobsen.—Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 21 Nov. 2023 The whole city gets out of bed ready to cheer on complete strangers for hours and hours, with bars overflowing into the streets and city blocks turning into dance parties.—Katie Henwood, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 There was a complete transformation to bring the character’s imagination to life and also a physical intervention.—Callum McLennan, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023
After the initial captives exchange is completed, there will still be about 190 remaining hostages in Gaza, though the deal leaves open the possibility of further exchanges.—Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 To complete the picture, consider pairing it with matching flowers as a centerpiece, creating a setup that’s bound to be the talk of the year.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 Per Deadline, a script for the film hasn't been completed yet, following the delay with the Writers Guild of America strike, which ended in September.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 With all seven men now going through their paces, BTS is expected to reconvene in 2025 when all have completed their duty to country.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 The six-member band is also busy completing a run of dates across theaters in the United States.—Thania Garcia, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Gazzaniga completed 17 of 34 passes for 240 yards and scored the game’s final touchdown on a 24-yard run with 36 seconds left.—Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 In October and on Thursday, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee delayed completing its review of that audit.—Michael R. Wickline, arkansasonline.com, 10 Nov. 2023 To complete the task, however, Monica has to stay behind, trapping her in another universe while Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan mourn her sacrifice.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English complet, compleet, complete, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French complet, borrowed from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre "to fill, make up, carry to completion," from com-com- + plēre "to fill" — more at full entry 1
The simplex plēre is only attested in an inscription of 176/77 A.D., as a gerund, and in a comment of the grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus, that "the ancients also used to say plentur without prefixes" ("plentur antiqui etiam sine praepositionibus dicebant"). If such a verb existed, it was replaced at an early date by prefixed compounds such as complēre, in which the prefix marks perfective aspect.