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


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


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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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


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


He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence.


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

For only through the efforts of humankind will His name be One and His throne be complete. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "The Divine need for each one of us," 12 Aug. 2019 The elevator upgrades at Sunset Transit Center should be complete by November., "Portland metro Monday traffic: Serious injury crash closes SE Division at 111th Avenue," 12 Aug. 2019 Filming should be complete by the end of this week, clearing the way for Wright to focus on the upcoming football season. Los Angeles Times, "Loyola’s Ceyair Wright is playing LeBron James’ son in ‘Space Jam 2'," 12 Aug. 2019 Late on deadline day, Palace confirmed to Sky Sports News that all of their summer business was complete, meaning that Zaha would not be leaving., "Wilfried Zaha Left 'Devastated' Over Blocked Transfer as Chelsea Plot January Move," 9 Aug. 2019 Carol's circle of life will be complete as she was born and baptized in Broad Brook at St. Catherine's Church and will have her funeral service there as well., "Carol L. Rodrigue," 8 Aug. 2019 No trip to the fair is complete without a hearty serving of fried food. NBC News, "Fried food and stump speeches: The Iowa State Fair is back," 7 Aug. 2019 Once the purchase is complete, the county plans to enter into an agreement with the city of Poway, which owns 1,123 adjacent acres, to manage the land with the exception of habitat monitoring that will be done by the county under the MSCP. Pomerado News, "County board adds 160 acres to Iron Mountain Preserve," 7 Aug. 2019 Of course, Tucker’s birthday wouldn’t have been complete without celebrating with family. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Kandi Burruss Threw Todd Tucker A Birthday Bash Fit For A Leo," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once the island is completed there will still be more work and more fundraising to do. Steven Goode,, "With the latest phase of Bloomfield’s Filley Park completed, committee presents town council with $75,000 from fundraising campaign," 13 Aug. 2019 If completed, the missile would not only be nuclear-armed but nuclear powered, carrying a relatively small reactor to heat the air in its jet engine. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Russian failed nuclear test hints at Putin's dangerous plans to beat U.S. defenses," 13 Aug. 2019 Once the plan is completed and approved, the city will be able to pursue sources of funding to design and construct the plan, according to Smalley. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Two final public hearings to be held on bicycle master plan for Avon and Sheffield," 13 Aug. 2019 Much ink has been spilled arguing over exactly what percentage of gun sales are completed without a background check, but frankly the overall number is irrelevant. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The Promise and Pitfalls of Universal Background Checks," 13 Aug. 2019 Jason Edelheit, the district’s director of finance and operations, said an approximately $4 million set of summer projects have mostly been completed. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe District 35 to start the year with building improvements, mindfulness curriculum," 13 Aug. 2019 The renovation, which will be completed with a grand reopening ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 26, has two goals. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Palomar College’s arboretum to reopen with access-for-all trails in September," 11 Aug. 2019 Barring any unforeseen complications, Berry said the bridge will be completed by the end of summer 2020. Austin Taylor,, "Construction of first land bridge in San Antonio starting this month," 9 Aug. 2019 According to the housing affordability analysis completed for HAND, there's only one property in Carmel that offers either subsidized or low-income housing options, Home Place Gardens. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "6 graphics that explain Carmel's affordable housing crunch," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of complete


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


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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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



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


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


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.


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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