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

The city also is using a $1.52 million federal grant to build the first section of a trail that, when complete, will extend from 131st Street and Olio Road to 96th Street near Georgia Road. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Work to begin soon on developing the first public park on Geist Reservoir," 15 July 2019 Sagittarius November 22 to December 21 Your current metamorphosis is almost complete, Sagittarius. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 14 July 2019 In a summer transfer window which has seen top class defenders such as Kostas Manolas and Matthijs De Ligt complete, or come close to completing, less expensive moves, certain corners of social media can't help but focus on the fee., "Harry Maguire: Twitter Reacts as Man Utd Agree World-Record £80m Fee for Defender," 14 July 2019 With the restoration complete, some of the original furnishings — also designed by Wright — were brought back to be displayed in the house. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park is now a UNESCO treasure," 12 July 2019 Work on the bar and lounge is complete, and more is planned for the dining room and patio. Bradley Zint,, "On Food: Celebrating 40 years, Las Brisas makes itself over with a new menu, interior," 11 July 2019 Bluetooth 5 and AptX support plus a range of more than 10 meters / 33 feet complete the RHA spec sheet with useful checkbox features. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA’s Wireless Flight Adapter makes any headphone jack wireless," 11 July 2019 In April, because the Brexit negotiations were not complete, the company was hit with a hundred-and-twenty-million-pound bill, as part of the E.U.’s emissions-trading plan. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Death of British Steel and the Myth of the Good Brexit," 10 July 2019 Now complete, the tiny house is a favorite spot for the owner—and no wonder. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A "She Shed" I Can Get Behind," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The job shift comes after Bayer completed its $63 billion purchase of agricultural giant Monsanto Co. in June. Washington Post, "Bayer moving 500 jobs from North Carolina to St. Louis," 16 July 2019 Lawrence threw for three touchdowns while completing 20 of 33 passes for 347 in the title-game win. Michael Casagrande |,, "Kelly Bryant ‘wasn’t surprised’ by Alabama-Clemson final score," 15 July 2019 Franks completed 188-of-322 passes for 2,457 yards and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions last year, while also running for 350 yards and seven touchdowns. Josh Bean |, al, "‘He can throw’: Florida’s Dan Mullen reacts to QB’s baseball future," 15 July 2019 Passing through the narrow hallways, Barr peeked through the windows of some classrooms where inmates were completing computer skills and GED programs. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Barr: Justice Department is ‘all in’ on criminal justice overhaul," 13 July 2019 Jenner even found time to complete the social media #BottleCapChallenge. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Wore a $57 Dress on Vacation—and It's Still in Stock," 12 July 2019 Now that Virgin Orbit has successfully completed its drop test, the next step will be a test launch to orbit, which could occur as early as this fall. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747," 10 July 2019 Yet emails and supporting documents connected to that completed work, all of which were requested by The Enquirer, are being withheld by the county. Sharon Coolidge,, "County officials are about to spend a lot of your money. They don't want to talk about it.," 9 July 2019 Now more than a month after DowDuPont completed spinning off Corteva Agriscience, formerly Dow AgroSciences, the necessity of the city's deal remains in question. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indy spent $30M to keep Corteva’s 1,000-plus jobs, but company cagey about the future," 7 July 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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