complete

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \
completer; completest

Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps a complete diet
b of a protein : containing all essential amino acids Beans and grains combined together form a complete protein.
2a : total, absolute complete silence
b : fully carried out : thorough a complete renovation
c of a football pass : legally caught
3 : brought to an end : concluded a complete period of time
4 : highly proficient a complete artist
5 of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects
6 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete sense 3
7 : having all four sets of floral organs
8 of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space
complete with
: made complete by the inclusion of a birthday cake complete with candles

complete

verb
completed; completing

Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from complete

Adjective

completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \ kəm-​ˈplē-​tiv How to pronounce completive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for complete

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

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

Examples of complete in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
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First Known Use of complete

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complete

Adjective and Verb

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

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The first known use of complete was in the 14th century

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Complete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/completely. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for complete

complete

adjective
How to pronounce complete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything
: not limited in any way
: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed

complete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Kids Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from complete

completeness noun

complete

verb
completed; completing

Kids Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

complete

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

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 sense 1
2 of a bone fracture : characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete sense 2
3 of a protein : containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete sense 4

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