com·​ple·​tion | \ kəm-ˈplē-shən How to pronounce completion (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, however, Prescott’s adjusted completion percentage on deep passes jumped to 52.6% (fourth — best) while attempting deep passes at the 18th-highest (12.8%; nearly two percentage points higher than the previous seasons) rate. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 players the Cowboys would be wise to re-sign before free agency begins," 27 Jan. 2021 Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler, had the second-highest completion percentage of his career (68%) in 2020 while leading the Colts to an 11-5 mark and their second playoff appearance since 2015. Michael Marot, ajc, "Colts QB Rivers, 39, retires from NFL after 17 seasons," 20 Jan. 2021 According to Zebra Technologies, which uses on-field player tracking data to analyze the games, Brees recorded the worst completion percentage over expectation of any quarterback in this week’s games at 10.8 % below expectation. Luke Johnson,, "Saints rewatch: Tampa Bay's aggressive man coverage stifled the Saints' passing attack," 19 Jan. 2021 His adjusted completion percentage (three drops, four throwaways) was 78.8. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns offensive player grades vs. the Chiefs: Who was elite, average and replaceable in the wild card game?," 18 Jan. 2021 In fact, his single-season completion percentage broke an NCAA record. Michael Casagrande |, al, "All the offensive records Alabama broke in 2020," 13 Jan. 2021 In his final full season as a starter, in 2016, Bradford started 15 games for the Minnesota Vikings and led the NFL in completion percentage (71.6%). Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Ranking last 25 Heisman Trophy winners based on NFL success," 5 Jan. 2021 Herbert’s completion percentage for the season is 66.3, which ranks fourth all-time in franchise history. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers vs. Chiefs matchups: Another rookie record in reach for Justin Herbert," 3 Jan. 2021 Jones leads the nation in efficiency rating (202.34), completion percentage (76.5) and yards per pass (11.4), with 32 touchdown passes. CBS News, "Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith among Heisman Trophy finalists," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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“Completion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce completion (audio) \

Kids Definition of completion

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

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