Meaning of COMPLETE in English


I. kəm-ˈplēt adjective

( com·plet·er ; -est )

Etymology: Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre

Date: 14th century


a. : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps

a complete diet

b. : having all four sets of floral organs

c. of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects

2. : brought to an end : concluded

a complete period of time

3. : highly proficient

a complete artist


a. : fully carried out : thorough

a complete renovation

b. : total , absolute

complete silence

c. of a football pass : legally caught

5. of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete 1b

6. of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space

Synonyms: see full

• complete·ly adverb

• com·plete·ness noun

• com·ple·tive -ˈplē-tiv adjective

- complete with

II. transitive verb

( com·plet·ed ; com·plet·ing )

Date: 15th century

1. : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state

complete a painting


a. : to make whole or perfect

its song complete s the charm of this bird

b. : to mark the end of

a rousing chorus complete s the show

c. : execute , fulfill

complete a contract

3. : to carry out (a forward pass) successfully

Synonyms: see close

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