Definition of completion in US English:



  • 1The action or process of finishing something.

    ‘funds for the completion of the new building’
    • ‘He said building work to the centre was ‘on schedule’, but was likely to still be in the process of completion at Christmas.’
    • ‘Attention could shift between completing the task and the process of task completion.’
    • ‘An animal model study will be required to confirm a greater strength of double-layer repairs after completion of the healing process.’
    • ‘After all, some tasks require the completion of other tasks before they can be started.’
    • ‘It may become necessary to reconsider this partnership or agreement to accelerate completion of the process.’
    • ‘An offshoot of this characteristic is doing things piecemeal, so that completion is not a one-shot execution but an iterative process.’
    • ‘About 82 partnership aims have been improved on, and another 34 are in the process of completion.’
    • ‘Stars of classical theatre and the world of entertainment will donate their time and talents for two performances at the new Rose of Kingston theatre next month to help to raise funds for its completion.’
    • ‘Delegation of a new top level domain requires the completion of a number of procedures.’
    • ‘Acceptance of the necessity of this reform appeared to be taking hold, also given the fact that completion of the process is necessary to ensuring level playing fields for those doing business.’
    • ‘While some reconstructions can be completed in a single procedure, many techniques may require two or more operations for completion of the reconstructive process.’
    • ‘Recently the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault has been retained to expedite completion of the registration process.’
    • ‘It took about another 18 months before he got a cabinet minister interested enough in the project to promise further state funds for its completion.’
    • ‘Following completion of the homologation process, the system will also be introduced in other countries and then only requires activation of the software already available.’
    • ‘The Federation Bells are in an ongoing process of completion.’
    realization, accomplishment, achievement, fulfilment, execution, consummation, finalization, resolution
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    1. 1.1 The state of being finished.
      ‘work on the new golf course is nearing completion’
      as modifier ‘the completion date is early next year’
      • ‘The castle is still not finished but is nearing completion.’
      • ‘This is three weeks earlier than the previous target completion date.’
      • ‘Follow the entire process from start to completion.’
      • ‘Problems might be fine-tuned in advance before project completion dates.’
      • ‘But this will take time and there is going to be an inevitable delay in our projected completion date.’
      • ‘Some sort of campaign of public misinformation seems to be underway, raising our hopes just to dash them again when the due date arrives and the work is no nearer to completion.’
      • ‘The Boyle local phone directory is close to completion.’
      • ‘As the project's completion date draws near, more potential luxury home buyers are expressing an interest in the complex.’
      • ‘He said a major marketing exercise will now be undertaken once the work had started and the anticipated completion date is for early 2002.’
      • ‘Construction work on the barriers began in early 2003 and the estimated completion date is 2011.’
      • ‘This contract is nearing completion and will be finished on time at the beginning of July.’
      • ‘We are looking forward to the successful completion of your mission and to you all returning home safely.’
      • ‘Almost four years of my life have passed since the completion of Chapter 7 and the beginning of this chapter.’
      • ‘They ask countless questions and look forward to the completion of the procedure.’
      • ‘Launched amid fanfare in 1997, private and public investors will have pumped in €7bn by the 15-year completion date.’
      • ‘He also wished the project team well in their work and looked forward to the successful completion of the complex.’
      • ‘The likely completion date will be the end of 2009 or early 2010.’
      • ‘Rather, the results offer an explicit analysis of a therapeutic process leading to completion of successful softening events.’
      • ‘They also say the rail safety programme, which has cost €500m to date, is nearing completion and will free up funds for investment.’
      • ‘It is a commitment to a process towards completion.’
      improvement, perfection, polishing, honing, fine-tuning, touching up, revision, editing, copy-editing
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    2. 1.2American Football A successful forward pass.
      ‘21 completions in 26 attempts for 233 yards’
      • ‘Twenty-eight is where the team ranked in yards given up per pass completion.’
      • ‘The longest pass completion against Oakland was a 22-yarder to Conway.’
      • ‘He did not allow a pass completion on his side of the field.’
      • ‘In five games, he did not allow a pass completion.’
      • ‘He's not able to throw the ball deep, and his longest pass completion was 18 yards.’
    3. 1.3British The final stage in the sale of a property, at which point it legally changes ownership.
      ‘the risk stays with the seller until completion’
      • ‘It will be based on data relating to 30,000 sales per month - a third of all mortgage completions - and will be by far the biggest survey ever released in Britain.’
      • ‘The monthly reports by Halifax and Nationwide are based on mortgage offers made by each company that month, rather than actual sales prices or completions.’
      • ‘According to the selling agent, best efforts will be made for quick completions in order for investors to have sufficient time to let the units prior to April 5.’


Late 15th century: from Latin completio(n-), from complere ‘fill up’ (see complete).