replete

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adjective re·plete \ri-ˈplēt\

Definition of replete

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

  2. 2a :  abundantly fedb :  fat, stout

  3. 3 :  complete

repleteness

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Examples of replete in a Sentence

  1. The book is replete with photographs.

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

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of replete

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

REPLETE Defined for English Language Learners

replete

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Definition of replete for English Language Learners

  • : having much or plenty of something : filled with something

  • : having had plenty to eat : pleasantly full


REPLETE Defined for Kids

replete

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adjective re·plete \ri-ˈplēt\

Definition of replete for Students

  1. :  well supplied The game was replete with thrills.

Word Root of replete

The Latin word plēre, meaning “to fill,” gives us the root ple. Words from the Latin plēre have something to do with filling or being full. Anything replete with something is full of that particular thing or quality. Something complete is totally full and finished. To deplete is to lessen the amount of something that was once full. A supplement is something that fills in something that is missing.



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