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1. The act of completing or the state of being completed.
2. Football A forward pass that is caught in bounds by a receiver.


(kəmˈpli ʃən)

1. the act of completing.
2. the state of being completed.
3. conclusion; fulfillment.
4. (in football) a forward pass caught by the intended receiver.
[1650–60; < Late Latin]




go through-stitch To go through with; to finish or conclude; to follow through. This expression alluding to the work of a tailor was popular in the 17th century but is no longer heard today.

For when a man has once undertaken a business, let him go through-stitch with it. (The Pagan Prince, 1690)

in for a penny, in for a pound Once involved in a matter, however slightly, one must carry it through whatever the consequences. The metaphor comes from the monetary units of Great Britain: formerly, the penny was 1/12 of a shilling and the pound 20 shillings or 240 pence; since decimalization, the pound is 100 new pence.

sign off To complete or end a performance, project, or other matter; to terminate; to withdraw. In the 9th century and for several hundred years thereafter, a person could change his religious affiliation simply by “signing off,” i.e., by signing a legal paper that ended his membership in one religious organization and, if he so desired, enrolled him in another.

The revolution … broke up the State Church and gave to every man the liberty of “signing off” as it was called, to any denomination that pleased him. (Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Poganuc People, Their Loves and Lives, 1878)

Beginning in the late Middle Ages, sign off usually referred to a creditor’s releasing a debtor from financial obligation by “signing off,” i.e., by affixing his signature to a document to that effect. A contemporary variation that refers to this practice of canceling a debt or amortizing an asset is write off.

The company wrote off the loss as a bad debt. (Law Times, 1891)

Since the 1930s, sign-off (as a noun) most commonly applies to a radio or television station’s ending its broadcast day.

Because of the earlier sign-off required by the Federal Communications Commission … (ABC Radio, 1949)

tie up the loose ends To conclude or settle matters; to answer all questions and account for any seemingly superfluous details. Loose ends in this expression refers to the last bit of unfinished business, the apparently irrelevant or contradictory details of a plan, arrangement, project, etc. This figurative use may derive from the practice of tying the ends of thread that hang loose after a cloth is woven or a garment is knitted.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.completion - (American football) a successful forward pass in football
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
maneuver, manoeuvre, play - a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
2.completion - a concluding actioncompletion - a concluding action      
consummation - the act of bringing to completion or fruition
consummation - the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
finishing, finish - the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
finalisation, finalization - the act of finalizing
follow-through - carrying some project or intention to full completion; "I appreciated his follow-through on his promise"
follow-through - the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion; "his follow-through was straight down the line toward the target"; "squash can be dangerous if your opponent has a long follow-through"
graduation - the successful completion of a program of study



إنْهاء، إتْمام
achèvementconditionnement d’un puitsexécutionfini
lok, lyktir


A. Nfinalización f, terminación f, conclusión f
to be nearing completionestar a punto de finalizarse or terminarse or concluirseestar llegando a su finalización or conclusión
on completion of contractcuando se cumpla el contrato
B. CPD completion date N (Jur) (for work) → fecha f de cumplimiento; (in house-buying) → fecha de entrega (de llaves)


[kəmˈpliːʃən] n
(= finishing) [project, task, building] → achèvement m
to be nearing completion → être presque terminé(e)
to be due for completion → devoir être terminé(e)
(= concluding, sealing) [sale, deal] → réalisation f
on completion of contract → à la signature du contrat completion datecompletion date n [house sale] → date f d'exécution du contrat


(= finishing)Fertigstellung f; (of work also)Beendigung f; (of project, course, education)Abschluss m; (of prison sentence)Verbüßung f; to be near completionkurz vor dem Abschluss stehen; to bring something to completionetw zum Abschluss bringen; we need more people for the completion of the workwir brauchen noch mehr Leute, um die Arbeit zum Abschluss zu bringen; on completion of the courseam Ende or nach Abschluss des Kurses; on completion of the contract/salebei Vertrags-/Kaufabschluss; completion dateFertigstellungstermin m
(= making whole)Vervollständigung f; (of education, meal)Abrundung f; (of happiness etc)Vervollkommnung f
(= filling in: of form etc) → Ausfüllen nt


[kəmˈpliːʃn] ncompletamento
to be nearing completion → essere in fase di completamento
on completion of contract → alla firma del contratto


(kəmˈpliːt) adjective
1. whole; with nothing missing. a complete set of Shakespeare's plays.
2. thorough. My car needs a complete overhaul; a complete surprise.
3. finished. My picture will soon be complete.
to finish; to make complete. When will he complete the job?; This stamp completes my collection.
comˈpletely adverb
I am not completely satisfied.
comˈpleteness noun
comˈpletion (-ʃən) noun
finishing or state of being finished. You will be paid on completion of the work.
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Tom and his father had several consultations and conducted several experiments in regard to the new stabilizer, the completion of which was so earnestly desired.
For as in landscape gardening, a spire, cupola, monument, or tower of some sort, is deemed almost indispensable to the completion of the scene; so no face can be physiognomically in keeping without the elevated open-work belfry of the nose.
Soon after the completion of his college course, his whole nature was kindled into one intense and passionate effervescence of romantic passion.
The happiness of this most happy day, received its completion, in the animated contemplation of his worth which this comparison produced.
With an income quite sufficient to their wants thus secured to them, they had nothing to wait for after Edward was in possession of the living, but the readiness of the house, to which Colonel Brandon, with an eager desire for the accommodation of Elinor, was making considerable improvements; and after waiting some time for their completion, after experiencing, as usual, a thousand disappointments and delays from the unaccountable dilatoriness of the workmen, Elinor, as usual, broke through the first positive resolution of not marrying till every thing was ready, and the ceremony took place in Barton church early in the autumn.
Wragge's blunders, as if the sole object of her existence had been the successful completion of that one dress.
Now, when the journey of the travelling coach, at that very moment waiting for the completion of its load, had been planned out last night, the difficulty of taking Miss Pross in it had much engaged Mr.
The completion of the preparations for my breakfast, by relieving the fire, gave her such extreme joy that she laughed aloud - and a very unmelodious laugh she had, I must say.
In the second and third acts he had no place; but when the curtain rose upon the fourth act, Vail was once more the central figure, standing white-haired among his captains, and pushing forward the completion of the "grand telephonic system" that he had dreamed of when the telephone was three years old.
In short, he said, the words of the paper made it clear she meant to kill herself on the completion of the betrothal, and gave her reasons for putting an end to herself all which was confirmed, it was said, by a dagger they found somewhere in her clothes.
The establishment of a Constitution, in time of profound peace, by the voluntary ocnsent of a whole people, is a PRODIGY, to the completion of which I look forward with trembling anxiety.
Suffice it that I am the completion of your incomplete self.