re·​plete | \ ri-ˈplēt How to pronounce replete (audio) \

Definition of replete

1 : fully or abundantly provided or filled a book replete with … delicious details— William Safire
2a : abundantly fed
b : fat, stout

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Joyy fired back on Thursday, saying the report was replete with errors and demonstrated a lack of understanding of the industry., "Video Giant Joyy Dives After Muddy Waters Labels It a Fraud," 18 Nov. 2020 The children’s reading room, for instance, is replete with panda posters, bamboo bookshelves and colorful cushions. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "See a Stunningly Surreal Bookstore in China," 29 Oct. 2020 The history of science and medicine in America is replete with incidents where toxic ideologies infect research agendas and cause harm to vulnerable populations. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "Scientists Are Finally Denouncing Trump. What Took So Long?," 20 Oct. 2020 The realm of tiny animals is replete with bizarre and sometimes alien forms, says the image’s creator, Igor Siwanowicz of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who obtained the snail from his lab mate’s aquarium. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Luminous Zebra Fish Wins Contest for Microscopic Photography," 15 Oct. 2020 Birdsall’s book is replete with delicious details – like the centerpieces of bread dough slowly rising at Beard’s 80th birthday celebration – but there are some noticeable gaps. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "His appetite was legendary, his influence on food was lasting," 13 Oct. 2020 With so many of us cooking at home now more than ever before, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is the perfect opportunity to refresh your kitchen gadgets, since the shopping holiday is replete with deals on some of the best kitchen products on the market. Laura Denby, SELF, "13 Excellent Kitchen Deals Worth Shopping This Amazon Prime Day," 13 Oct. 2020 Tymchuk was troubled that the society was targeted, especially given the institution’s recent efforts to tell a full and complete version of Oregon’s history, which is replete with ugly instances of white supremacy. oregonlive, "After vandals target Oregon Historical Society, director vows, ‘Our mission will be undeterred’," 12 Oct. 2020 Viking mythology is replete with stories of such female fighters. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "DNA Analysis Suggests Mother and Son Were Buried in Famous Viking Grave," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Replete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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


re·​plete | \ ri-ˈplēt How to pronounce replete (audio) \

Kids Definition of replete

: well supplied The game was replete with thrills.

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