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complete

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1 to bring (something) to a state where nothing remains to be done
  • managed to complete the assignment with time to spare

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2 to serve as a completing element to
  • the bird's beautiful song simply completes its appeal for pet owners

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3 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • the well-attended concert completed a great weekend of arts and entertainment events

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4 to do what is required by the terms of
  • no payments will be made until the contract is completed

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complete

adjective

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1 not lacking any part or member that properly belongs to it
  • a complete deck of cards

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2 brought or having come to an end
  • your education is never complete—there's always something more to learn

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How does the verb complete differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of complete are close, conclude, end, finish, and terminate. While all these words mean "to bring or come to a stopping point or limit," complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken.

the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement

Where would close be a reasonable alternative to complete?

The meanings of close and complete largely overlap; however, close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished.

close a debate

In what contexts can conclude take the place of complete?

While the synonyms conclude and complete are close in meaning, conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).

the service concluded with a blessing

When could end be used to replace complete?

Although the words end and complete have much in common, end conveys a strong sense of finality.

ended his life

When might finish be a better fit than complete?

The words finish and complete can be used in similar contexts, but finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.

after it is painted, the house will be finished

When would terminate be a good substitute for complete?

In some situations, the words terminate and complete are roughly equivalent. However, terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.

your employment terminates after three months

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The first known use of complete was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Complete.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/complete. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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