Meaning of COMPLETE in English


I. com ‧ plete 1 S2 W1 /kəmˈpliːt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ completion , ↑ incompleteness ; verb : ↑ complete ; adverb : ↑ completely ≠ ↑ incompletely ; adjective : ↑ complete ≠ ↑ incomplete ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: complet , from Latin , past participle of complere 'to fill up' , from com- ( ⇨ COM- ) + plere 'to fill' ]

1 . [usually before noun] used to emphasize that a quality or situation is as great as it could possibly be SYN total :

The police were in complete control of the situation.

Their engagement came as a complete surprise to me.

This is a complete waste of time.

a complete fool/idiot etc

Meg realized she’d been a complete fool.

a complete stranger

The darkness was almost complete.

2 . including all parts, details, facts etc and with nothing missing SYN whole OPP incomplete :

a complete set of china

The list below is not complete.

the complete works of Shakespeare (=a book, CD etc containing everything Shakespeare wrote)

3 . [not before noun] finished OPP incomplete :

Work on the new building is nearly complete.

4 . complete with something having particular equipment or features:

The house comes complete with swimming pool and sauna.

—completeness noun [uncountable] :

For the sake of completeness I should mention one further argument.

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▪ finished if something is finished, you have done all of it:

She showed him the finished drawing.


I was very pleased with the finished result.

▪ done [not before noun] finished - used especially in everyday English instead of finished :

I can’t come out till my essay’s done.


They promised the work would be done by April.

▪ complete [not before noun] completely finished – used especially to emphasize that there is no more work to do:

Six months later the job was complete.


The first stage of the project is now complete.

▪ over finished – used about an event, activity, or period of time:

Football practice is over at 4:30. Can you pick me up then?


The summer was nearly over.

▪ be through informal to have finished doing something or using something:

I probably won’t be through till about 6 o'clock.


Are you through with those scissors?

II. complete 2 S2 W1 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ completion , ↑ incompleteness ; verb : ↑ complete ; adverb : ↑ completely ≠ ↑ incompletely ; adjective : ↑ complete ≠ ↑ incomplete ]

1 . to finish doing or making something, especially when it has taken a long time:

Students must complete the course.

The building took two years to complete.

2 . to make something whole or perfect by adding what is missing:

The child’s task was to complete the sentences.

I need one more stamp to complete the set.

3 . to write the information that is needed on a form SYN fill out :

In all, more than 650 people completed the questionnaire.

Send your completed form to the following address.

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▪ finish to complete the last part of something that you are doing:

Have you finished your homework?


The builders say they should have finished by Friday.

▪ complete to finish making or doing something that has taken a long time to finish:

The new bridge will be completed in two years’ time.


She has just completed her PhD.

▪ finalize to do the last things that are necessary in order to settle a plan or agreement in a satisfactory way:

A spokesman said that they were hoping to finalize an agreement in the near future.

▪ conclude formal to officially finish something:

The police have now concluded their investigations.


Ralph Ellis, Managing Director, concluded the conference with a review of the trading year.

▪ wrap something up informal to finish something successfully – used especially about agreements or sports competitions:

Negotiators are meeting on Friday to wrap up the deal.


Liverpool had several chances to wrap up the game.

▪ round something off British English , round something out American English to do something as a way of ending a day, an evening, an event etc in an enjoyable or suitable way:

They rounded off the day with a barbecue at the beach.


A concert in the park is being organized to round off the programme of events.

▪ get it over with/get it over and done with to do something that you have to do now, so that it is finished and you can stop worrying about it:

Let’s go and do the shopping now and get it over with.


Just tell him how you feel and get it over and done with.

▪ be done/be through informal if you are done, you have finished – used especially when other people are waiting for you:

We’re nearly done.


We should be through in half an hour.

▪ be through with something/be done with something informal to have finished using something – used especially when other people are waiting to use it:

I’m done with the file.


I’ll let you know when I’m through with it.

▪ tie up the loose ends to finish dealing with the final details of something, so that is all finished:

‘Is the talk ready?’ ‘I just need to tie up a few loose ends.’

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.