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
3 : complete

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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 Economic history is replete with corporate Goliaths slain by upstart Davids. John Dillon, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The first 80 pages of Marshall’s book are replete with photographs from those first 10 months before Brover’s untimely death. NBC News, 7 Nov. 2021 Still, the Old West was replete with swashbuckling Black folk who had their own mythos that, for generations, has gone unacknowledged. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2021 California history is replete with cases of highways, ports and water projects displacing poor people, who lacked the clout to fight the government. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 The nearly 600-word letter is replete with loosely sourced and largely debunked claims of fraud in Pennsylvania, a state that President Biden won by 81,660 votes, handing him 20 electoral college votes that helped secure his victory. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Vampyros Lesbos is replete with terror, eroticism, and aesthetic wonder. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2021 The world is replete with hundreds of heartbreaking stories of what the Covid-19 pandemic has done to the citizens of this world. Chai Li Tiing, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The stories of students reporting back from England are also replete with incidents of intolerance and physical abuse. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Oct. 2021

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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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“Replete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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