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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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 The October 2019 cover of Harper’s Bazaar featured Demi Moore dressed in Victorian schoolmarm wear, replete with knotted collar and wire-rimmed glasses. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 The 46-year-old comedian and Academy Award nominee wore a show-stopping vibrant red Valentino dress, replete with long black gloves, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Leora Yashari,, "We Happen To Love Kristen Wiig’s Red Carpet Lasagna Dress," 9 Feb. 2020 Polygamy is not unusual—the fourth king has four wives—and neither is traditional dress, male and female uniforms replete with symbolism in their folds and creases. Chris Jones, WSJ, "A Rare Look at One of the World’s Most Isolated Mountain Treks," 4 Feb. 2020 Today’s Democrats have probably never signed a document so replete with quotations from The Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention as the House Judiciary Committee’s December 13, 2019, impeachment report. John Yoo, National Review, "What the Founders Told Us about ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’," 24 Jan. 2020 These are images that are replete with physical and cultural genocide, and there is no good way to celebrate genocide. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Just five months prior, another supplier mishap brought some TSMC production lines to a halt when new equipment came replete with an installation of the WannaCry virus. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "TSMC’s Not-New Management Presents New Challenges for Investors," 17 Feb. 2019 The book begins with an overview of this basic idea (replete with graphics and charts) and then spends a chapter explaining each variable. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Live Your Best Life—On and Off Your Phone—in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 The music video, which premiered back in July, paints a destructive picture -- replete with voodoo dolls and punching walls -- that showcase different ways of getting over a significant other. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Ellie Goulding & Juice WLRD's 'Hate Me'," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 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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