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 2
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

compleat, comprehensive, entire, full, grand, intact, integral, perfect, plenary, total, whole

Synonyms: Verb

consummate, finalize, finish, perfect, polish

Antonyms: Adjective

imperfect, incomplete, partial

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While the Pentagon submits nominations for the Medal of Honor, U.S. presidents have traditionally enjoyed complete discretion on the Medal of Freedom, which has taken on political overtones. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Exactly a month ago, the ratio was a near-complete reversal, with a 78 percent expectation of a quarter-point cut and a 22 percent probability of a half-point cut. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019 Republicans who control the legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are at a complete impasse in a budget deal that must be reached by Oct. 1. cleveland.com, "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 No, that takes virtual complete abdication by regulators as well as imprudent behavior by parts of the business community. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Hong Kong’s Unrest, the Rise of Bitcoin, and Fundraising as an ‘Out-of-Body Experience’," 17 Sep. 2019 Check out the complete trailer below, and plan your Halloween watchlist accordingly. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Daybreak" Releases First Trailer for the Apocalyptic High School Drama," 16 Sep. 2019 Follow along with the latest live score updates below and see how to watch the game live with our complete TV and live stream information. oregonlive, "Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 15 Sep. 2019 For additional sports betting picks and tips, visit SportsbookWire.com now and for a complete set of today’s live odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Betting Guide - Week 2: Afternoon slate odds and bets," 15 Sep. 2019 And a late passing touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders saved Denver from complete red-zone futility. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos Scouting Report: How Denver matches against the Bears and predictions," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Could a forensic brain imager identify you as unlikely to complete drug treatment and thus a bad candidate for diversion? Wired, "Why We Need Guidelines for Brain Scan Data," 17 Sep. 2019 In February, Sui wired $300,000 to Singer's sham charity to complete the deal, the indictment states. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Chinese parent arrested for bribery in Spain as part of the college admissions scam," 17 Sep. 2019 Tampa Bay retained Williamson as the head coach for the 1991 season, and the Bucs went 3-13 to complete his head-coaching career with a 4-15 record. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019 The agency would also have to complete a safety evaluation report before renewing the license. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho," 16 Sep. 2019 The plan also outlines objectives to be completed over the next 10 years to help with Tomball’s growth, exceeding just zoning updates. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball City Council approves comprehensive plan," 16 Sep. 2019 San Francisco’s proposed Commitment to Success program would be similar to those run out of Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall, where the court requires youths to complete a series of classes and counseling sessions before release. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "SF plans to close juvenile hall, but a new proposal would put more youths there," 16 Sep. 2019 Each participant must have the ability to read and understand English and have basic computer skills to effectively complete the assessment. Burbank Leader, "Burbank Area Calendar: Square-dancing class for singles and couples offered at senior center," 16 Sep. 2019 The class will cover lots of material and still allow time to complete one or two small paintings each day. Ramona Sentinel, "Art guild workshop, free demonstration to feature Joe Garcia," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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complete

adjective

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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