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

Synonyms & Antonyms for replete


blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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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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Oils are naturally replete with vitamins that repair and protect. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 The biography that beguiles his supporters is replete with danger signals. The Economist, "AMLO, Mexico’s answer to Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 Showings of well-tended skin, beginning with a plunging neckline and finishing in a leg reveal replete with strappy, stem-elongating sandals, conspired to achieve a summer's-nearly-here feel. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Thandie Newton Puts a Springtime Spin on Femme Fatale Beauty," 14 June 2018 The Savior’s life is replete with examples of meekness. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, "True meekness requires self-mastery and strength, and doesn't equate to weakness," 14 June 2018 Every movie premiere seemed like its own miniature Met Gala, replete with haute couture, dramatic trains and millions of dollars worth of diamonds. Amy Kaufman,, "What it's like to walk the red carpet on Cannes opening night," 9 May 2018 Avila will retire his food truck of five years when his Guerilla Tacos restaurant in LA opens in June (replete with a Shawarma spit). Peggy Hernandez,, "Boston catches the taco wave," 30 Apr. 2018 Steppenwolf's Amy Morton directed this play's world premiere in New York — the show now in the Upstairs Theatre restages that 2015 production, replete with its two original stars, Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. Chicago Tribune,, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 2018 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

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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


re·​plete | \ri-ˈplēt \

Kids Definition of replete

: well supplied The game was replete with thrills.

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