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finished, ended, concluded; having all parts or elements: a complete set of encyclopedias
Not to be confused with:
compleat – highly skilled and accomplished in all aspects: The compleat writer is adept in many genres.
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adj. com·plet·er, com·plet·est
1. Having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps; entire: a complete medical history; a complete set of dishes.
2. Botany Having all principal parts, namely, the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistil or pistils. Used of a flower.
3. Having come to an end; concluded: The renovation of the kitchen is complete.
a. Absolute; thorough: complete control; a complete mystery.
b. Accomplished; consummate: a complete musician.
5. Football Caught in bounds by a receiver: a complete pass.
tr.v. com·plet·ed, com·plet·ing, com·pletes
1. To bring to a finish or an end: She has completed her studies.
2. To make whole, with all necessary elements or parts: A second child would complete their family. Fill in the blanks to complete the form.
3. Football To throw (a forward pass) that is caught in bounds by a receiver.

[Middle English complet, from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre, to fill out : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + plēre, to fill; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

com·plete′ly adv.
com·plete′ness n.
com·ple′tive adj.
Synonyms: complete, finish, close, end, conclude, terminate
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.
Usage Note: Although complete is often held to be an absolute term like perfect or chief, and supposedly not subject to comparison, it is often modified by words like more and less in standard usage. As far back as 1965, a majority of the Usage Panel accepted the example His book is the most complete treatment of the subject. See Usage Note at absolute.
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1. having every necessary part or element; entire
2. ended; finished
3. (prenominal) thorough; absolute: he is a complete rogue.
4. perfect in quality or kind: he is a complete scholar.
5. (Logic) (of a logical system) constituted such that a contradiction arises on the addition of any proposition that cannot be deduced from the axioms of the system. Compare consistent5
6. (Botany) (of flowers) having sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels
7. archaic expert or skilled; accomplished
8. (tr) to make whole or perfect
9. (tr) to end; finish
10. (Law) (intr) (in land law) to pay any outstanding balance on a contract for the conveyance of land in exchange for the title deeds, so that the ownership of the land changes hands
11. (American Football) American football (tr) (of a quarterback) to make (a forward pass) successfully
[C14: from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre to fill up; see complement]
comˈpletely adv
comˈpleteness n
comˈpleter n
comˈpletion n
comˈpletive adj
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adj., v. -plet•ed, -plet•ing. adj.
1. having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of golf clubs.
2. finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit.
3. having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate: a complete scholar.
4. thorough; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unqualified: a complete victory; a complete stranger.
5. (of a subject or predicate) having all modifying or complementary elements included: The complete subject of The dappled pony gazed over the fence is the dappled pony. Compare simple (def. 18a).
6. (of a forward pass in football) caught by a receiver.
7. accomplished; skilled; expert.
8. to make whole, entire, or perfect: Hiking boots complete the outdoor look.
9. to bring to an end; finish: to complete a task.
10. to consummate; fulfill.
11. to execute (a forward pass) successfully.
[1325–75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin complētus, past participle of complēre to fill up, fulfill =com- com- + plēre to fill]
com•plet′a•ble, adj.
com•plet′ed•ness, n.
com•plete′ly, adv.
com•plete′ness, n.
com•plet′er, n.
com•ple′tive, adj.
com•ple′tive•ly, adv.
syn: complete, entire, intact suggest that there is no lack or defect, nor has any part been removed. complete implies that a unit has all its parts, fully developed or perfected; it may also mean that a process or purpose has been carried to fulfillment: a complete explanation; a complete assignment. entire describes something having all its elements in an unbroken unity: an entire book. intact implies that something has remained in its original condition, complete and unimpaired: a package delivered intact.
usage: Occasionally there are objections to modifying complete with qualifiers like almost, more, most, nearly, and quite, because they suggest that complete is relative rather than absolute: the most complete list available. However, such uses are fully standard and occur regularly in all varieties of spoken and written English. See also perfect, unique.
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Complete is usually an adjective. For some of its meanings, you can use words like more and very in front of it.

1. used to mean 'as great as possible'

You usually use complete to say that something is as great in degree, extent, or amount as possible.

You need a complete change of diet.
They were in complete agreement.

When complete has this meaning, you do not use words like more or very in front of it.

2. used to talk about contents

Complete is also used to say that something contains all the parts that it should contain.

I have a complete medical kit.
...a complete set of all her novels.

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.

For a more complete picture of David's progress we must depend on his own assessment.

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.

...the most complete skeleton so far unearthed from that period.
3. used to mean 'thorough'

Complete is sometimes used to mean thorough. When complete has this meaning, you can use words like very and more in front of it.

She followed her mother's very complete instructions on how to organize a funeral.
You ought to have a more complete check-up if you are really thinking of going abroad.
4. used to mean 'finished'

Complete is also used to say that something such as a task or new building has been finished.

It'll be two years before the process is complete.
...blocks of luxury flats, complete but half-empty.

When complete has this meaning, you do not use words like 'more' or 'very' in front of it.

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Past participle: completed
Gerund: completing

I complete
you complete
he/she/it completes
we complete
you complete
they complete
I completed
you completed
he/she/it completed
we completed
you completed
they completed
Present Continuous
I am completing
you are completing
he/she/it is completing
we are completing
you are completing
they are completing
Present Perfect
I have completed
you have completed
he/she/it has completed
we have completed
you have completed
they have completed
Past Continuous
I was completing
you were completing
he/she/it was completing
we were completing
you were completing
they were completing
Past Perfect
I had completed
you had completed
he/she/it had completed
we had completed
you had completed
they had completed
I will complete
you will complete
he/she/it will complete
we will complete
you will complete
they will complete
Future Perfect
I will have completed
you will have completed
he/she/it will have completed
we will have completed
you will have completed
they will have completed
Future Continuous
I will be completing
you will be completing
he/she/it will be completing
we will be completing
you will be completing
they will be completing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been completing
you have been completing
he/she/it has been completing
we have been completing
you have been completing
they have been completing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been completing
you will have been completing
he/she/it will have been completing
we will have been completing
you will have been completing
they will have been completing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been completing
you had been completing
he/she/it had been completing
we had been completing
you had been completing
they had been completing
I would complete
you would complete
he/she/it would complete
we would complete
you would complete
they would complete
Past Conditional
I would have completed
you would have completed
he/she/it would have completed
we would have completed
you would have completed
they would have completed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
finish out, round out - fill out; "These studies round out the results of many years of research"
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"
accomplish, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, action, execute - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
2.complete - bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements; "A child would complete the family"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"
3.complete - complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"
accomplish, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, action, execute - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
4.complete - complete a passcomplete - 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 formcomplete - 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"
incomplete, uncomplete - not complete or total; not completed; "an incomplete account of his life"; "political consequences of incomplete military success"; "an incomplete forward pass"
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 skilledcomplete - 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"
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 conclusioncomplete - 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"
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1. total, perfect, absolute, utter, outright, thorough, consummate, out-and-out, unmitigated, dyed-in-the-wool, thoroughgoing, deep-dyed (usually derogatory) He made me look like a complete idiot.
2. whole, full, entire A complete tenement block was burnt to the ground.
whole partial
3. entire, full, whole, intact, unbroken, faultless, undivided, unimpaired Scientists have found the oldest complete skeleton of an ape-like man.
entire spoilt, incomplete, deficient, imperfect
4. unabridged, full, whole, entire, full-length, uncut, unexpurgated, uncondensed the complete works of Shakespeare
5. finished, done, ended, completed, achieved, concluded, fulfilled, accomplished The work of restoring the farmhouse is complete.
finished unsettled, unfinished, inconclusive, unaccomplished
6. perfect, accomplish, finish off, round off, crown, cap the stickers needed to complete the collection
verb perfect mar, spoil
1. finish, conclude, fulfil, accomplish, do, end, close, achieve, perform, settle, realize, execute, discharge, wrap up (informal), terminate, finalize He had just completed his first novel.
finish start, begin, initiate, commence
2. fill in, fill out Simply complete the coupon below.
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1. Lacking nothing essential or normal:
2. Including every constituent or individual:
3. Not shortened by omissions:
4. Not more or less:
5. Having reached completion:
6. Covering all aspects with painstaking accuracy:
1. To bring or come to a natural or proper end:
2. To supply what is lacking:
complement, fill in (or out), round (off or out), supplement.
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أكملانتهىتامتام، كامِلشامِل
algjörbúinn, kláraîurheill, fullkominnljúka, klára
đầy đủ


1. (= whole) → entero
a complete office block was burnt to the groundun bloque de oficinas entero quedó reducido a cenizas
2. (= finished) → terminado
the work of restoring the farmhouse is completela restauración de la granja está terminada
3. (= total) [control, lack] → total, absoluto; [change] → total; [surprise] → auténtico
in complete agreementtotalmente de acuerdo, en completo acuerdo
in complete contrast to sth/sbtodo lo contrario que algo/algn
it's a complete disasteres un completo desastre, es un desastre total
the man's a complete idiotes un auténtico idiota
it is a complete mistake to think thates totalmente erróneo pensar que ...
he is the complete opposite of meno nos parecemos en nada
to my complete satisfactionpara mi completa or total satisfacción
4. (= full) [list, set, group] → completo
the Complete Works of Shakespearelas Obras Completas de Shakespeare
at last her happiness was completepor fin, su dicha era completa
no garden is complete without a bed of rose bushesningún jardín puede considerarse completo si no tiene un arriate de rosales
5. (= all-round) [novelist, footballer] → completo, perfecto
he is the complete film-makeres el director de cine completo or perfecto
6. complete with:a mansion complete with swimming pooluna mansión con piscina y todo
he arrived complete with equipmentllegó con todo su equipo
the diary comes complete with a ballpoint penla agenda viene con bolígrafo incluido
it comes complete with instructionsviene con sus correspondientes instrucciones
1. (= make up) [+ set, collection, team] → completar; [+ misfortune, happiness] → colmar
a grey silk tie completed the outfituna corbata de seda gris completaba el conjunto
2. (= finish) [+ work] → terminar, acabar; [+ contract] → cumplir, llevar a cabo
the course takes three years to completese tarda tres años en hacer el curso
to complete a prison sentencecumplir una pena de cárcel
3. (= fill in) [+ form, questionnaire] → rellenar
complete the application formrellene la solicitud
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adj [change, surprise, disaster, failure] → complet/ète; [lack] → total(e)
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 ...
(= finish) [+ project, task, building] → achever, terminer
(= conclude, seal) [+ sale, deal] → conclure
(= fill in) [+ form] → remplir
[+ outfit] → parachever
A black silk tie completed the outfit → Une cravate en soie noire parachevait la tenue.
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(= entire, whole)ganz attr; set also, wardrobe, deck of cardsvollständig, komplett; (= having the required numbers)vollzählig; editionGesamt-; my happiness/disappointment was completemein Glück/meine Enttäuschung war perfekt or vollkommen; my life is now completemein Leben ist erfüllt; our victory was completeunser Sieg war vollkommen; the complete works of Shakespearedie gesammelten Werke Shakespeares; no classical collection is complete without Beethoven’s ninth symphonyeine Sammlung klassischer Musik wäre ohne Beethovens neunte Sinfonie nicht zu denken; a very complete accountein sehr umfassender or detaillierter Bericht; are we complete?sind wir vollzählig?
attr (= total, absolute)völlig; failure, beginner, disaster, flop also, victorytotal; surprise, shambles alsokomplett; satisfaction also, approvalvoll; we were complete strangerswir waren uns or einander völlig fremd; we were in complete agreementwir stimmten völlig überein
(= finished)fertig; his novel is not yet completesein Roman ist noch nicht abgeschlossen; my life’s work is now completemein Lebenswerk ist nun vollbracht
complete withkomplett mit; he came complete with rucksack and bootser erschien komplett ausgerüstet mit Rucksack und Stiefeln
sportsman, gardener etcperfekt
(= make whole) collection, setvervollständigen, komplettieren; teamvollzählig machen; education, mealabrunden; to complete our numbersdamit wir vollzählig sind; that completes my collectiondamit ist meine Sammlung vollständig
(fig) happinessvollkommen machen; and to complete their misery …und zu allem Unglück
(= finish)beenden, abschließen, zum Abschluss or zu Ende bringen; building, workfertigstellen; prison sentenceverbüßen; complete this phraseergänzen Sie diesen Ausspruch; it’s not completed yetes ist noch nicht fertig
form, questionnaireausfüllen
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1. adj (whole) → completo/a; (finished) → completo/a, finito/a
complete with → completo/a di
it's a complete disaster → è un vero disastro
2. vt (set, collection) → completare; (piece of work) → finire, completare; (fill in, form) → riempire
and to complete my misfortunes → e per colmo di sfortuna
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(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


كَامِل naprostý hel vollständig πλήρης completo täysi complet potpun completo 全くの 완전한 compleet fullstendig kompletny completo полный fullständig สมบูรณ์ tam đầy đủ 完全的
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adj completo
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References in classic literature ?
In neither case- however we may change our point of view, however plain we may make to ourselves the connection between the man and the external world, however inaccessible it may be to us, however long or short the period of time, however intelligible or incomprehensible the causes of the action may be- can we ever conceive either complete freedom or complete necessity.
The only exception to the complete re-organization of the interior was at one extremity of the edifice, on the first and second floors.
For such people especially, the chapters added to this edition will complete "Notre-Dame-de-Paris," if we admit that "Notre-Dame-de-Paris" was worth the trouble of completing.
But there is a natural difference between a female and a slave: for nature is not like the artists who make the Delphic swords for the use of the poor, but for every particular purpose she has her separate instruments, and thus her ends are most complete, for whatsoever is employed on one subject only, brings that one to much greater perfection than when employed on many; and yet among the barbarians, a female and a slave are upon a level in the community, the reason for which is, that amongst them there are none qualified by nature to govern, therefore their society can be nothing but between slaves of different sexes.
So he went again to the forest, which was not far away, and chopped from a tree several pieces of wood with which to complete his work.
It was necessary to preserve complete freedom of movement.
Her complete ownership of him was a continual joy to her.
I teach you the friend in whom the world standeth complete, a capsule of the good,--the creating friend, who hath always a complete world to bestow.
In the meanwhile she would be glad to know, before beginning the final chapters of her narrative, whether she may be permitted to make her humble contribution complete, by availing herself of the light which later discoveries have thrown on the mystery of the Moonstone."
"This attempt, should it succeed" ("It will succeed!"), "will complete and link together the notions, as yet disjointed, which the world entertains of African cartology"
They do not make the whole three-sided pyramidal base of any one cell at the same time, but only the one rhombic plate which stands on the extreme growing margin, or the two plates, as the case may be; and they never complete the upper edges of the rhombic plates, until the hexagonal walls are commenced.
Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions.