Meaning of COMPLETE in English


I. kəmˈplēt, usu -ēd.+V adjective

( often -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English complet, from Middle French, from Latin completus, past participle of complēre to fill up, from com- + plēre to fill; akin to Latin plenus full — more at full


a. : possessing all necessary parts, items, components, or elements : not lacking anything necessary : entire , perfect

few households would regard breakfast complete without a plate of porridge — L.D.Stamp

this man … complete with wings and four stripes on his uniform sleeve — E.K.Gann

neither one of these publications gives the complete poems of Smart — A.R.Benham

b. : having all four sets of floral organs — compare incomplete , monoclinous


(1) of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects if any

in the sentence “the little boy hit the ball hard” the little boy is the complete subject and hit the ball hard is the complete predicate

— compare simple

(2) of a verb : filling out a predication without any object or complement

moved in “the train moved” is a complete verb

d. of a diet or ration : balanced

2. : brought to an end or to a final or intended condition

a complete period of time

a complete act

: concluded, completed

five complete days

a complete revolution

3. of a person : possessed of all necessary, usual, or typical qualities, habits, or accomplishments

a complete man

a complete gentleman

a complete Englishman

specifically : highly proficient (as in an art or skill)

a complete landscape artist

a complete horseman

4. : fully realized : carried to the ultimate : thorough , total

in complete sympathy with his views

complete surrender

his complete inability to understand

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to bring to an end often into or as if into a finished or perfected state

foolish to put his hand to a task which he could not complete — John Buchan

specifically : to execute (a forward pass) successfully

State completed 10 of 19 passes while Rutgers made good 4 of 10 — New York Times


a. : to make whole, entire, or perfect : end after satisfying all demands or requirements

art partly completes what nature is herself sometimes unable to bring to perfection — Havelock Ellis

b. : to mark the end of : show attainment to the total or totality of

small mammals, birds, and tropical fish … complete the zoo exhibits — American Guide Series: New York City

c. : accomplish , execute , fulfill

complete a contract

a vow completed

d. : consummate

allowed the lovers to complete their marriage — G.M.Trevelyan

Synonyms: see close

III. adjective

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

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

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.