complete

adjective
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

complete

verb
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

Adjective

completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \ kəm-​ˈplē-​tiv How to pronounce completive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for complete

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Verb

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

Adjective He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence. Verb 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 See the complete list of nominees Filmmakers share a responsibility When reading the tea leaves, consider how Oscar watchers parse nominations. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Oscar nominations 2020: It's not #OscarsSoWhite, but it's not good enough," 13 Jan. 2020 Construction started in 2015 and is now nearly complete. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil opens ‘spectacular’ new research base in Antarctica," 13 Jan. 2020 Plus, the flu exhibit was indeed all it was cracked up to be, complete with sneezing coughing sound effects. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make Chicken Meatballs for the Soul," 11 Jan. 2020 The complete list of nominees for the 2020 NAACP Image Awards -- encompassing film , television, music, talk/news/information, literature and documentaries -- can be found here. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Beyoncé & Lizzo Lead Music Nominees Slate for 2020 NAACP Image Awards," 9 Jan. 2020 But the room just wouldn't be complete without another set of three Kylie portraits. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Gives Fans a Tour of Kylie Cosmetics Headquarters and Surprise, Her Face is Everywhere," 9 Jan. 2020 As this product was just unveiled, pricing information, launch date, and the complete list of features are still under wraps. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Tennis Ball-Sized Robot Wants to Be Your Housekeeper," 8 Jan. 2020 For details on the Wharf Boat Show visit http://www.wharfboatshow.com/. BoatUS Foundation also offers on-water courses in other venues—for a complete list, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water. Frank Sargeant, al, "Lewis Smith Dam getting new tournament weigh-in facility," 8 Jan. 2020 That’s in no way a complete list of the absurd things that happened this year, but there’s only so much room on the internet, after all. NBC News, "Our crazy politics year: From buying Greenland to Giuliani butt-dials to live-streaming dental work," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the money, the government could complete about 885 miles of new fencing by the spring of 2022. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 15: Dem debate, Iran, impeachment, immigration, health," 15 Jan. 2020 Davis completed a pregame warm-up on Monday that entailed a series of ball-handling, shooting and mobility drills. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "What will it take for Lakers' Anthony Davis to return after injuring his back?," 14 Jan. 2020 Once completed, the buildings are like towering greenhouses, incredibly expensive to keep cool when sun streams through their windows. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "A Clear Menace," 14 Jan. 2020 The health care design firm also recently completed a renovation of the first floor admitting and lobby area. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Downtown San Antonio Methodist hospital investing millions in upgrades," 14 Jan. 2020 The watchdog completed its investigation in November. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Seattle man kills himself after officer falsely says he critically injured woman in crash," 11 Jan. 2020 But Doncic cannot complete the sweep of the league’s 29 other teams in his second regular season because the Mavericks won’t play the Celtics again. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "When will Luka Doncic record a triple-double against every NBA team? He’s almost halfway there," 10 Jan. 2020 His son, Val, completed the design, which debuted in 1931. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Upland Shotguns Ever Made," 10 Jan. 2020 Quarterback Shea Patterson struggled with his accuracy on deep balls, failing to complete any of the numerous downfield shots Michigan tried throughout the game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football grades vs. Alabama: Wolverines go sour in Citrus Bowl after nice start," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of complete

Adjective

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

Verb

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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The first known use of complete was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2020

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“Complete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/completive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=comple13. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for complete

complete

adjective
How to pronounce complete (audio)

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

complete

verb

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

complete

adjective
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

complete

verb
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.

complete

adjective
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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