re·plete | \ ri-ˈplēt \

Definition of replete 

1 : fully or abundantly provided or filled a book replete with … delicious details —William Safire

2a : abundantly fed

b : fat, stout

3 : complete

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Other words from replete

repleteness noun

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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

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Given that one of the roots of replete is the Latin verb plēre, meaning "to fill," it isn't surprising that the word has synonyms such as "full" and "complete." "Replete," "full," and "complete" all indicate that something contains all that is wanted or needed or possible, but there are also subtle differences between the words. "Full" implies the presence or inclusion of everything that can be held, contained, or attained ("a full schedule"), while "complete" applies when all that is needed is present ("a complete picture of the situation"). "Replete" is the synonym of choice when fullness is accompanied by a sense of satiety.

Examples of replete in a Sentence

The book is replete with photographs. The country's history is replete with stories of people who became successful by working hard.

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American history, after all, is replete with human rights catastrophes. Nicholas T. Davis And Steven Miller, Vox, "Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand," 2 July 2018 The Poland Spring Preservation Society gives tours of the structure, which is replete with Poland Spring memorabilia. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 File a lawsuit and then discover, by opening the first page of any report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that Exxon was right: Climate prediction is replete with uncertainties. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why N.Y. Pols Aren’t World Class," 8 May 2018 The staging spills over into the aisles and balconies, and is replete with sight gags and one-liners, some of which are funny, others merely labored. John Von Rhein,, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018 The six new episodes of Kimmy Schmidt are funny and weird and replete with cameos (Busy Philipps! Aidy Bryant! Greg Kinnear!). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Bleak Truths of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," 31 May 2018 Munn’s dress was custom made by H & M, according to ET, and replete with a headdress by Michael Schmidt. Alana Abramson, Time, "Olivia Munn on Her Chain Mail 2018 Met Gala Dress 'We Were Inspired By the Crusades'," 8 May 2018 LeBron James will not become The Greatest Laker, a title that, beginning with George Mikan playing NBA ball in a state actually replete with lakes, has been passed down from generation to generation. Nick Canepa,, "Latest star Laker? Yeah, just forgot all the early great ones," 7 July 2018 Though its writings predate many critical scientific discoveries regarding the natural world, both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament are replete with lasting moral truths and inspirational accounts. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of replete

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replete

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French replet, from Latin repletus, past participle of replēre to fill up, from re- + plēre to fill — more at full

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English Language Learners Definition of replete

: having much or plenty of something : filled with something

: having had plenty to eat : pleasantly full


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Kids Definition of replete

: well supplied The game was replete with thrills.

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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