com·​ple·​tion | \kəm-ˈplē-shən \

Definition of completion 

1 : the act or process of completing his completion of graduate school

2 : the quality or state of being complete Her second novel is near completion.

3 : a completed forward pass in football

Examples of completion in a Sentence

He will receive his degree upon completion of his studies. The quarterback has 11 completions in 20 attempts for 80 yards.

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In general, most Seattle high schools turned in strong FAFSA completion numbers. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Seattle high schoolers are applying for FAFSA more than anywhere else in Washington," 28 Nov. 2018 Those taps, along with any line completions, create new flashes and animations, and these very rarely obscure your all-important tetrads. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 Level Two will require greater complexity with 100 percent completion and an understanding of the hydraulics of each build. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What NASA Thinks Mars Houses Could Look Like," 30 July 2018 The plan has been slowly taking shape over the last few years, though especially dramatic flooding in late 2016 pushed back completion and led to changes to the overall layout. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 Meanwhile, TxDOT and both MPOs are conducting a $1.5 million study, scheduled for fall completion, to develop a broader transportation strategy for Bexar, Travis and 10 surrounding counties. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Favre saw action in the Packers’ second game of the season, a 31-3 loss at Tampa Bay, and his first completion was to himself. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Patrick Mahomes draws comparison, but how did Brett Favre do in first year as starter?," 9 July 2018 Behind him was an artist’s rendering of what the Butchertown stadium would look like upon its completion in 2020. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City's James O'Connor has earned his exit bows," 29 June 2018 On May 10, 1925, as the building of the Tribune Tower neared its completion, the Tribune devised a stunt to draw attention to its majestic new home. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Tribune sports editors reenact historic Tribune Tower baseball drop," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of completion

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for completion

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English Language Learners Definition of completion

: the act or process of completing or finishing something : the state of being complete or finished

American football : a forward pass made to a teammate who catches it


com·​ple·​tion | \kəm-ˈplē-shən \

Kids Definition of completion

: the act or process of making whole or finishing : the condition of being whole or finished

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