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These verbs mean to bring to a natural or proper stopping point. Complete and finish suggest the final stage in an undertaking: "Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime" (Reinhold Niebuhr)."Give us the tools, and we will finish the job" (Winston S. Churchill).
Close and end both imply bringing something ongoing to a conclusion: The band closed the concert with an encore. We ended the meal with fruit and cheese. End can also mean putting a stop to something, often with finality: "Many advocates say [putting] laptops in schools is a promising way to end the digital divide between the races" (Char Simons)."It left him more exposed than ever, forcing him to end the career he loved" (Molly Worthen).
Conclude is more formal than close and end: The author concluded the article by restating the major points. Terminate suggests reaching an established limit: The playing of the national anthem terminated the station's broadcast for the night. It also indicates the dissolution of a formal arrangement: The firm terminated my contract yesterday.
adj., v. -plet•ed, -plet•ing. adj.
Complete is usually an adjective. For some of its meanings, you can use words like more and very in front of it.
You usually use complete to say that something is as great in degree, extent, or amount as possible.
When complete has this meaning, you do not use words like more or very in front of it.
Complete is also used to say that something contains all the parts that it should contain.
When two things do not contain all the parts that they should contain but one thing has more parts than the other, you can say that the first thing is more complete than the second one.
Similarly, if something does not contain all the parts that it should contain but contains more parts than anything else of its kind, you can say that it is the most complete thing of its kind.
Complete is sometimes used to mean thorough. When complete has this meaning, you can use words like very and more in front of it.
Complete is also used to say that something such as a task or new building has been finished.
When complete has this meaning, you do not use words like 'more' or 'very' in front of it.
Past participle: completed
|Verb||1.||complete - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"|
close - finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; "The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"
top off, top - finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne"
finish off, finish up, get through, polish off, wrap up, clear up, mop up - finish a task completely; "I finally got through this homework assignment"
see through - remain with until completion; "I must see the job through"
follow out, follow up, put through, carry out, follow through, implement, go through - pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"
|2.||complete - bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements; "A child would complete the family"|
|3.||complete - complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"|
|4.||complete - complete a pass |
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
|5.||complete - write all the required information onto a form; "fill out this questionnaire, please!"; "make out a form"|
|Adj.||1.||complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"|
whole - including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete; "gave his whole attention"; "a whole wardrobe for the tropics"; "the whole hog"; "a whole week"; "the baby cried the whole trip home"; "a whole loaf of bread"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
|2.||complete - perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities; "a complete gentleman"; "consummate happiness"; "a consummate performance"|
perfect - being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
|3.||complete - highly skilled; "an accomplished pianist"; "a complete musician"|
skilled - having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade"
|4.||complete - without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"|
arrant, double-dyed, sodding, utter, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, staring, perfect, pure, everlasting, consummate, stark, gross
unmitigated - not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier; "unmitigated suffering"; "an unmitigated horror"; "an unmitigated lie"
|5.||complete - having come or been brought to a conclusion; "the harvesting was complete"; "the affair is over, ended, finished"; "the abruptly terminated interview"|
finished - ended or brought to an end; "are you finished?"; "gave me the finished manuscript"
entire spoilt, incomplete, deficient, imperfect
finished unsettled, unfinished, inconclusive, unaccomplished
finish start, begin, initiate, commence
a complete office block was burnt to the ground → un bloque de oficinas entero quedó reducido a cenizas
the work of restoring the farmhouse is complete → la restauración de la granja está terminada
in complete agreement → totalmente de acuerdo, en completo acuerdo
in complete contrast to sth/sb → todo lo contrario que algo/algn
it's a complete disaster → es un completo desastre, es un desastre total
the man's a complete idiot → es un auténtico idiota
it is a complete mistake to think that → es totalmente erróneo pensar que ...
he is the complete opposite of me → no nos parecemos en nada
to my complete satisfaction → para mi completa or total satisfacción
the Complete Works of Shakespeare → las Obras Completas de Shakespeare
at last her happiness was complete → por fin, su dicha era completa
no garden is complete without a bed of rose bushes → ningún jardín puede considerarse completo si no tiene un arriate de rosales
he is the complete film-maker → es el director de cine completo or perfecto
he arrived complete with equipment → llegó con todo su equipo
the diary comes complete with a ballpoint pen → la agenda viene con bolígrafo incluido
it comes complete with instructions → viene con sus correspondientes instrucciones
a grey silk tie completed the outfit → una corbata de seda gris completaba el conjunto
the course takes three years to complete → se tarda tres años en hacer el curso
to complete a prison sentence → cumplir una pena de cárcel
It's a complete disaster → C'est un désastre complet.
a complete waste of time → une perte de temps totale
complete with → avec
to come complete with ... → être pourvu(e) de ...
complete with → completo/a di
it's a complete disaster → è un vero disastro