from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or characterized by a highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency: "The compleat speechwriter ... comes to anonymity from Harvard Law” ( Israel Shenker).
- adj. Being an outstanding example of a kind; quintessential: "Here was the compleat modern misfit: the very air appeared to poison him; his every step looked treacherous and hard won” ( Stephen Schiff).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to finish; to make done; to reach the end.
- v. to make whole or entire.
- adj. with everything included; entire, total.
- adj. quintessential.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of complete.
The word compleat should be considered poetic license.
More Compliments of the Author I. Evolution of a Compleat Book Collector You will recall that we ascribed four stages of development to the evolution of a "compleat" book collector - Book Lover, Connoisseur, Fanatic, and Bibliomaniac.
For exmple; in part two of the season finale, each memeber of “the five” has to compleat a special task to retrive a key.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
But it is still elegant and compleat, and Mama found room to underline or make comments in her copperplate handwriting, using peacock-blue fountain pen ink in delicate lines.
Wherein a Description is given for a one-bit full Adder, and a compleat Implementation in LEGO is presented.
Ever since the 1920s, the Arabs made no bones about their desire to annihilate the Jews, and did their best to do so, compleat with actively siding with the Nazis in the 1940s.
William Fairfax told him the New York independent companies at Alexandria were “not compleat,” and further that Colonel Innes would not leave Winchester without them.
William's father, of course, has been a genuine all-round sport – the tops at hunting and shooting, a "compleat" angler and a very good polo player.
When I began it, I thought to myself that I could compleat it in