Definition of complete in English:

complete

adjective

  • 1Having all the necessary or appropriate parts.

    ‘a complete list of courses offered by the university’
    ‘no woman's wardrobe is complete without this pretty top’
    • ‘I'd rather scan the complete list of times and find the train I want to catch, not the train they think I want to catch.’
    • ‘On a day like this though, the complete list is too long and it doesn't capture how much the situation has changed.’
    • ‘No Caribbean music list would be complete without the man credited with coining the word reggae.’
    • ‘It is not necessary to produce a complete list, or a closer analysis here.’
    • ‘A complete list of abstracts is available on-line which gives the tenor of the whole proceedings.’
    • ‘It may not be a complete list - but is probably so long that you won't be able to read every article.’
    • ‘I am not listing the complete contents because that would likely take more space than the review.’
    • ‘The best decision-making processes use the most complete data set.’
    • ‘However no list would be complete without a small list of the things I insist on leaving at home.’
    • ‘Ask each firm that you are looking at for a complete client list going back no more than six years.’
    • ‘No list would be complete without the famous rail at Saint-Joseph's Oratory.’
    • ‘The complete list of banned items is printed on the backs of the tickets.’
    • ‘Finally, I added a complete list of archived postings by category.’
    • ‘If you're interested in seeing what else you can get for free, you can get the complete list here.’
    • ‘It breaks my heart to talk about it, but this list wouldn't be complete without its inclusion.’
    • ‘When buying an apartment, ask the co-op board for a complete list of all the musically inclined tenants.’
    • ‘In order to enjoy the game, it will be necessary to get the complete and official rules.’
    • ‘I'm anxious to get the annotating started but I won't do that until the list is complete.’
    • ‘Elements of each of those explanations may well be necessary components of a complete picture, but they are insufficient.’
    • ‘They've come up with a more complete list than any of the mainstream media outlets.’
    1. 1.1 Entire; full.
      ‘I only managed one complete term at school’
      ‘the complete works of Shakespeare’
      • ‘We are continuing to face resistance from fund managers in going towards full and complete disclosure.’
      • ‘Less than half of the relevant anatomical terms are used with complete consistency by all workers.’
      • ‘The sway the song held over the spectators was full and complete.’
      • ‘When imagery blends with sound, a poem has come full circle and becomes complete in itself.’
      • ‘Do you have a complete and comprehensive report on your desk as to the full details of the operation?’
      • ‘It was necessary to obtain complete buy-in from the faculty for any major curriculum reform.’
      • ‘I now intend to work to ensure my full and complete vindication of the charges as expeditiously as possible.’
      • ‘Hopefully however, the popular Paul will make a full and complete recovery.’
      • ‘Best wishes for a full and complete recovery from all the racing fans.’
      • ‘We tried to do everything a professional news organization would do to give a full and complete story.’
      • ‘We highly recommend this book to those who seek a more complete glossary of parapsychological terms.’
      • ‘The military could keep all of these servicemembers on active duty for the complete term of their contract.’
      • ‘If we are to be given statistics, they should be in full and complete, not edited highlights.’
      • ‘After two complete bars, the entire band returns, now dearly playing in compound meter.’
      • ‘If this aspect is to be fully woven into an analysis, it is necessary for a complete account of the series of exchanges in an interview to be available.’
      • ‘But it will now be evident that he uses the term with complete consistency.’
      • ‘A visit to the site would not be complete without a full tour of the available goodies at the online Giant Robot store.’
      • ‘If you invest before July, it should be able to run for its complete term and you should get the full benefit.’
      • ‘Let's forgive the generals if they decline to offer any intrepid reporter their full and complete trust.’
      • ‘The entire community is not complete without those with disabilities.’
      entire, whole, full, total, intact, uncut, unshortened, unabridged, comprehensive
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    2. 1.2complete with Having (something) as an additional part or feature.
      ‘the house comes complete with gas central heating and double glazing’
      • ‘For there, high on a ledge in a dusty corner of the upstairs room, was a kestrels' nest complete with five eggs.’
      • ‘Once inside a staircase, complete with threadbare carpet, leads to a landing.’
      • ‘The most impressive of the lot would be that of a bird in flight, complete with drops frozen in air.’
      • ‘Her predecessor had apparently turned her office into a cosy front room, complete with a fireplace.’
      • ‘Get other family members to help write the family tree, complete with your new addition.’
      • ‘Its Bob the Builder series has been sold around the world complete with merchandising and even a hit single.’
      • ‘It looks like a little pink chicken embryo to me, complete with a curled up look.’
      • ‘The castle also comes complete with a granny flat and a two-bedroomed lodge.’
      • ‘But then a red bill turned up complete with readings claiming to have been taken from her meter.’
      • ‘We are getting a small room built in the loft for Philipp, complete with a spiral staircase and two loft windows.’
    3. 1.3predicative Having run its full course; finished.
      ‘the restoration of the chapel is complete’
      • ‘The investigation should be complete by the end of this year, he said.’
      • ‘Investigations are not yet complete who exactly set the coach on fire.’
      • ‘Just a few hours, and the entire affair would be complete, the artwork a masterpiece.’
      • ‘When backfilling is almost complete, water to settle the soil around the roots.’
      • ‘It was only when the entire draft translation was complete that I had dared show it to him.’
      • ‘Once the entire section was complete and heavy traffic began to use the new bypass, people began to lodge claims.’
      • ‘It is anticipated that a report will be published once the entire process is complete.’
      • ‘They seem to be nearly complete through 2000-01.’
      • ‘When the transformation was complete, the man had grown over a foot taller.’
      • ‘Finally, I bagged up enough leaves to consider the task complete.’
      • ‘I have been asked to limit my public comments until this investigation is complete.’
      • ‘However they will not know whether the treatment is successful until the course is complete.’
      • ‘It is quite a relief to have it finished and complete - it's been on my mind since April.’
      • ‘He says it's not unusual that he's been recalled to Jakarta before his full term is complete.’
      • ‘Once the entire adventure is complete on one title, players are then able to transfer saved data to the other and continue their quest.’
      • ‘The blasting and rock removal scheduled to be complete was not finished.’
      • ‘Spirit says the changes will be complete by the end of the month.’
      • ‘A prolific football striker in school, D' Souza's transformation is now complete.’
      • ‘With digital media such work can even look finished and complete.’
      • ‘With Youssou N'Dour's Egypt album on the stereo, the transformation is complete.’
      finished, ended, concluded, completed, finalized, accomplished, achieved, fulfilled, discharged, settled, done
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  • 2attributive (often used for emphasis) to the greatest extent or degree; total.

    ‘a complete ban on smoking’
    ‘their marriage came as a complete surprise to me’
    • ‘What poverty meant to the peasants was their virtually complete lack of money.’
    • ‘There was, of course, complete silence on the role of blogs in exposing the scandal.’
    • ‘An almost complete stranger just asked her to hang with him and his friends.’
    • ‘The events of the past week came as a complete shock to the entire team, as one might expect.’
    • ‘This, of course, is a complete betrayal of decades of feminist agitation.’
    • ‘After dinner, he took me out to a movie and was a complete gentleman the entire time.’
    • ‘Of course our generation had complete respect for our elders and never ever gave cheek to them or annoyed them.’
    • ‘Here we were looking at the blazing sunshine of the entire weekend, a complete contrast to our present weather.’
    • ‘However, from our point of view, it has been a complete nightmare in terms of the administration involved.’
    • ‘Even allowing for the vicissitudes of history, the complete disappearance of an entire scheme of state furniture is puzzling.’
    • ‘The other is the complete lack of finesse necessary to drive it.’
    • ‘He and I, though, were complete opposites other than possessing similar looks.’
    • ‘So I have been the most complete idiot for the past week.’
    • ‘The entire parlor was in complete silence as I left and walked up the stairs.’
    • ‘Trips to the shops can be an assault course of complete strangers barracking her with queries over her triplet girls.’
    • ‘They hurl all kinds of abuse at refugees with complete disregard for the truth.’
    • ‘She seemed shocked to hear her name from an almost complete stranger.’
    • ‘A single wasp brought an entire factory to a complete standstill after it was spotted on top of a forklift truck.’
    • ‘From start to finish they showed a complete lack of passion for a game which their supporters want to win most of all.’
    • ‘The study was, of course, a complete farce and didn't stand up to even the most basic examination of scientific methodology.’
    absolute, out-and-out, utter, total, real, outright, downright, thoroughgoing, thorough, positive, proper, veritable, prize, perfect, consummate, unqualified, unmitigated, sheer, rank
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    1. 2.1humorous Skilled at every aspect of a particular activity; consummate.
      ‘his range of skills made him the complete footballer’
      • ‘As I read The Compleat Gentleman, I was struck by Miner's recurring point that, in today's world, compleat gentleman are few and far between.’
      • ‘The motivation of this compleat amateur is simply a love of the skies.’
      • ‘‘I thought you were the compleat hippie,’ said one, expressing a common sentiment.’
      • ‘Milton became such a compleat individualist in his notions of freedom and conscience that he retreated into a purely interior and experiential Christianity, a ‘church’ whose solitary member was himself.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding that only a few men yearn to be compleat gentlemen - to live chivalrously - the yearning is a constant, from one millennium to the next.’
      perfect, exemplary, supreme, ultimate, faultless, quintessential
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Finish making or doing.

    ‘he completed his PhD in 1993’
    • ‘Fourteen ladies from this area have recently completed a ten-week course in preschool childcare.’
    • ‘Hennessey found that students who successfully completed a reading improvement course were more likely to be successful in college classes.’
    • ‘Davenport completed the finishing and other details on the metalwork.’
    • ‘The Chiefs of Staff Committee believed the operation could be completed within a month.’
    • ‘Jenkins has recently completed his general dentistry residency, and Davis and Hunt are completing their medical residencies.’
    • ‘A pilot project recently completed at Griffith University has tried something different.’
    • ‘Once completed by June 2005, the facility would be equipped with a total of 12 modern pharma rooms.’
    • ‘The US Census Bureau is finally completing what it started 116 years ago.’
    • ‘After the finish, crews completed a 23 km road section to the start of SS11.’
    • ‘Purchasers who are buying from plans should have their houses completed within three months.’
    • ‘The works must be completed within nine months from taking possession of the property.’
    • ‘Students who successfully complete this course receive continuing education units from the University of Maryland University College.’
    • ‘The project was finally completed in February 1943 and released the following month.’
    • ‘New distributors complete training that includes mentoring, classroom time, and business fundamentals.’
    • ‘Japan has just completed what are without question the most watched elections of the postwar era.’
    • ‘The work is progressing at a steady rate and should be completed on schedule.’
    • ‘Students can complete training in nine to 12 months, depending on the program.’
    • ‘Construction should begin in March 2003 and be substantially completed by September 2003.’
    • ‘Construction bids would be gathered next March, with the project completed by August 2005.’
    • ‘Their son, a physician, is now completing his residency in Seattle.’
    finished, ended, concluded, completed, finalized, accomplished, achieved, fulfilled, discharged, settled, done
    finish, end, conclude, bring to a conclusion, finalize, wind up, consummate, bring to fruition
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    1. 1.1British no object Conclude the sale of a property.
      ‘you may find yourself in a position where you have to wait for your purchaser to complete, whereas your new home is ready’
      • ‘It stated that a copy of the agreement and side letter had been sent to the Claimant and that she would be able to complete when she had them back duly signed by the Claimant.’
      • ‘As it turns out I have a buyer for my property who wants to complete immediately instead of January as planned.’
      • ‘The tenant is given a certain time in which to complete.’
      • ‘You informed me that you were satisfied with this position and it was sufficient for you to complete.’
      • ‘We also asked Mr Denman if his client was in a position to complete.’
      • ‘That is said to amount to an offer to complete, accepted by Mr Zeffman.’
      clinch, secure, settle, conclude, establish
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    2. 1.2American Football (of a quarterback) successfully throw (a forward pass) to a receiver.
      ‘he was still throwing the ball hard enough to complete 48 of 76 passes’
      • ‘He completes passes other quarterbacks wouldn't dare attempt, but that is a blessing and curse.’
      • ‘The Chargers don't have the offense to afford removing quarterbacks who have completed six passes in a row.’
      • ‘First, get somebody behind center who can complete the forward pass with some regularity.’
      • ‘Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent completes a pass for 11 yards.’
      • ‘Shooting 72 still gives him a rush, and it's hard to believe any quarterback ever has enjoyed completing a touchdown pass more than Brett Favre.’
  • 2Provide with the item or items necessary to make (something) full or entire.

    ‘complete your collection of Britain's brightest gardening magazine’
    ‘quarry tiles and faded rugs complete the look’
    • ‘That is to say, randori provides the means to complete a painted dragon by filling in the eyes.’
    • ‘The carnival route will also be different this year with the processions starting in Canal Road, but stopping at Bythesea Road, rather than completing a full circle.’
    • ‘He arrived in the Las Vegas with trademark glitz and glamour carrying all the cards to complete a full house.’
    • ‘A clean, cool finish completes the urbane, hip feel.’
    • ‘Horses not completing the full length of a gallop must not be pulled up to a standstill, but must at once walk off the gallop.’
    • ‘She won after completing a full house in 39 numbers, fewer than anyone else throughout the country.’
    • ‘This product completes the entire range of personal products the bank is planning to offer.’
    • ‘The success of the second golf classic has provided adequate funds to complete this year's tasks.’
    • ‘The only difference being that the lead carries on above your head and in fact completes a full arc.’
    finish off, round off, top off, make perfect, perfect, crown, cap, complement, add the finishing touch to, add the final touch to
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    1. 2.1 Write the required information on (a form or questionnaire)
      ‘please complete the attached forms’
      • ‘They signed an informed consent form and completed a demographic questionnaire along with several instruments.’
      • ‘Visitors are required to complete long questionnaires before being issued with an identity card.’
      • ‘The participants completed their belief questionnaires prior to any contact with the experimenter.’
      • ‘This would be of great benefit to the area so it is very important that the necessary survey forms are completed as soon as possible.’
      • ‘Please complete the enclosed questionnaire as this will enable us to take account of the needs of your club in the plan.’
      • ‘At least two midwives from the hospital signed up for a flat at the full cost, completed the paperwork and believed they would be able to move in at the beginning of the month.’
      • ‘The first foray overseas will happen in May, when a week-long trip to Norway is being lined up once all the necessary paperwork is completed.’
      • ‘Having completed the necessary paperwork, he was anxious to get back on the road and complete his deliveries.’
      • ‘The form contains a series of boxes which the GP completes.’
      • ‘In cases where parcels or registered mail were returned to post offices, he said that up to now a free service had been provided by completing the paperwork for people calling to the office to collect that post.’
      • ‘Further, regulations require medical history questionnaires to be completed by patients.’
      • ‘In certain actions, we may also enclose a pro forma attendance note for you to complete instead of a typed report.’
      • ‘Oppositon to post office closures in the Twickenham constituency was highlighted again this week as questionnaires and petitions were completed.’
      • ‘Open-ended written statements and questionnaires completed by faculty participants were also often used to evaluate faculty development activities.’
      • ‘The jurat to this affidavit was not properly completed.’
      • ‘Participants completed a short written questionnaire at the surgery.’
      • ‘The questionnaires were completed in late September, so the results should reflect the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.’
      • ‘All the participants were informed of the study aims and asked to sign an informed consent form and complete a standardized questionnaire.’
      • ‘All participants signed the informed consent before completing the questionnaires.’
      • ‘Women who remained convinced that they wanted to leave their child were provided with help in correctly completing the necessary papers to help the adoption process.’
      fill in, fill out, fill up, answer
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Usage

On the question of the use of adjectives like complete, equal, and unique with submodifiers such as very or more, see unique

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

complete

/kəmˈpliːt/