Meaning of COMPLETE in English


/ kəmˈpliːt; NAmE / adjective , verb

■ adjective


[ usually before noun ] used when you are emphasizing sth, to mean 'to the greatest degree possible'

SYN total :

We were in complete agreement.

a complete change

in complete silence

a complete stranger

It came as a complete surprise.

I felt a complete idiot.


including all the parts, etc. that are necessary; whole :

I've collected the complete set.

a complete guide to events in Oxford

the complete works of Tolstoy

You will receive payment for each complete day that you work.

OPP incomplete


complete with sth [ not before noun ] including sth as an extra part or feature :

The furniture comes complete with tools and instructions for assembly.

The book, complete with CD, costs £35.


[ not before noun ] finished :

Work on the office building will be complete at the end of the year.

OPP incomplete

►  com·plete·ness noun [ U ]:

the accuracy and completeness of the information

For the sake of completeness, all names are given in full.

■ verb [ vn ]


[ often passive ] to finish making or doing sth :

She's just completed a master's degree in Law.

The project should be completed within a year.


to write all the information you are asked for on a form

SYN fill in / out :

2 000 shoppers completed our questionnaire.


to make sth whole or perfect :

I only need one more card to complete the set.



late Middle English : from Old French complet or Latin completus , past participle of complere fill up, finish, fulfil, from com- (expressing intensive force) + plere fill.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.