com·​ple·​tion kəm-ˈplē-shən How to pronounce completion (audio)
: the act or process of completing
his completion of graduate school
: the quality or state of being complete
Her second novel is near completion.
: 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 September 10, 2023 - Auburn gets a few quick catches on short throws to Thorne his first completion, coming late in the first quarter. Matt Cohen |, al, 10 Sep. 2023 The Colts head coach can call a lot of short, high-percentage throws for Richardson, picking up easy completions, but Steichen’s No. 1 goal as an offensive coordinator is creating explosive plays. The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2023 Quarterback Pat McLaughlin had touchdown completions on consecutive passes. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2023 Lourd is expected to be named CEO upon completion of the transaction, and Jim Burtson, who led the CAA deal team, will remain president of CAA. Laure Guilbault, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2023 Wilson produced the worst season - career-worst marks in completion percentage, passer rating, QBR and sacks - of his career as the Broncos imploded and finished with a 5-12 record. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 Theories subsequently were bandied about, often revolving around one of the banks underwriting the Twitter deal, Morgan Stanley for example, giving Musk a bridge loan in order to secure fees and bonuses linked to the successful completion of the purchase. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 The Wildcats set the tone with a seven-play, 65-yard drive, with de Laura completing all four of his passes, including a 37-yard completion to running back Jonah Coleman down to the 4-yard line. Justin Spears, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2023 The historic rail and mining town of Helper celebrated the completion of its river revitalization project this year. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Late Latin complētiōn-, complētiō, from Latin complēre "to fill, make up, carry to completion" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at complete entry 1

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of completion was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Completion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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com·​ple·​tion kəm-ˈplē-shən How to pronounce completion (audio)
: the act or process of completing : the state of being complete
a job near completion
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