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complete

adjective com·plete \ kəm-ˈplēt \

Definition of complete

completer; completest
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 :brought to an end :concluded
  • a complete period of time
3 :highly proficient
  • a complete artist
4 a :fully carried out :thorough
  • a complete renovation
b :total, absolute
  • complete silence
c of a football pass :legally caught
5 of insect metamorphosis :characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete 2
6 of a metric space :having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space

completely

adverb

completeness

noun

completive

play \kəm-ˈplē-tiv\ adjective
complete with
:made complete by the inclusion of
  • a birthday cake complete with candles

Examples of complete in a Sentence

  1. He spoke in complete sentences.

  2. They sat in complete silence.

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Origin and Etymology of complete

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre — see 1complement

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

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complete

verb

Definition of complete

completed; completing
transitive verb
1 :to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state
  • complete a painting
2 a :to make whole or perfect
  • Its song completes the charm of the bird.
  • Her latest purchase completes her collection.
b :to mark the end of
  • A rousing chorus completes the show.
c :execute, fulfill
  • complete a contract
3 :to carry out (a forward pass) successfully
  • The quarterback completed 12 out of 18 passes.

Examples of complete in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of complete

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


COMPLETE Defined for English Language Learners

complete

adjective

Definition of complete for English Language Learners

  • : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything

  • : not limited in any way

  • : not requiring more work : entirely done or completed


complete

verb

Definition of complete for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPLETE Defined for Kids

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complete

adjective com·plete \ kəm-ˈplēt \

Definition of complete for Students

1 :having all necessary parts :not lacking anything
  • a complete set of books
2 :entirely done
  • His training is complete.
3 :thorough 1
  • complete darkness

completeness

noun

Word Root of complete

The Latin word plēre, meaning “to fill,” gives us the root ple. Words from the Latin plēre have something to do with filling or being full. Anything replete with something is full of that particular thing or quality. Something complete is totally full and finished. To deplete is to lessen the amount of something that was once full. A supplement is something that fills in something that is missing.


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complete

verb

Definition of complete for Students

completed; completing
1 :to bring to an end :finish
  • complete a job
2 :to make whole or perfect
  • He needs six more state flags to complete his collection.

Medical Dictionary

complete

adjective com·plete \ kəm-ˈplēt \

medical Definition of complete

1 of insect metamorphosis :characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete 1
2 of a bone fracture :characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete 2
3 of a protein :containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete 4


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