Meaning of COMPLETE in English


(~s, completing, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


You use ~ to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be.

The rebels had taken ~ control...

It shows a ~ lack of understanding by management...

The resignation came as a ~ surprise...

He was the ~ opposite of Raymond.

= total, absolute

? partial

ADJ: usu ADJ n emphasis


Dozens of flats had been ~ly destroyed...

...something ~ly different.

= totally

ADV: ADV with v, ADV adj/adv


You can use ~ to emphasize that you are referring to the whole of something and not just part of it.

A ~ tenement block was burnt to the ground...

The job sheets eventually filled a ~ book.

= entire, whole

ADJ: ADJ n emphasis


If something is ~, it contains all the parts that it should contain.

The list may not be ~.

...a ~ dinner service...



...the accuracy and ~ness of the information obtained.



To ~ a set or group means to provide the last item that is needed to make it a full set or group.

...the stickers needed to ~ the collection.

VERB: no cont, V n


The ~ works of a writer are all their books or poems published together in one book or as a set of books.

...the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.



If one thing comes ~ with another, it has that thing as an extra or additional part.

The diary comes ~ with a gold-coloured ballpoint pen.



If something is ~, it has been finished.

The work of restoring the farmhouse is ~...

It’ll be two years before the process is ~.

? in~

ADJ: v-link ADJ


If you ~ something, you finish doing, making, or producing it.

Peter Mayle has just ~d his first novel.

...the rush to get the stadiums ~d on time.

VERB: V n, get n V-ed

completion (completions)

The project is nearing completion...

House completions for the year should be up from 1,841 to 2,200.



If you ~ something, you do all of it.

She ~d her degree in two years...

This book took years to ~.

= finish

VERB: no cont, V n, V n


If you ~ a form or questionnaire, you write the answers or information asked for in it.

Simply ~ the coupon below...

Use the enclosed envelope to return your ~d survey.

= fill in

VERB: V n, V-ed

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