from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps; entire: a complete meal.
  • adj. Botany Having all principal parts, namely, the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistil or pistils. Used of a flower.
  • adj. Having come to an end; concluded.
  • adj. Absolute; total: "In Cairo I have seen buildings which were falling down as they were being put up, buildings whose incompletion was complete” ( William H. Gass).
  • adj. Skilled; accomplished: a complete musician.
  • adj. Thorough; consummate: a complete coward.
  • adj. Football Caught in bounds by a receiver: a complete pass.
  • transitive v. To bring to a finish or an end: She has completed her studies.
  • transitive v. To make whole, with all necessary elements or parts: A second child would complete their family.
  • transitive v. Football To throw (a forward pass) so as to be caught by a receiver.

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 all parts included; with nothing missing; full.
  • adj. Finished; ended; concluded; completed.
  • adj. Generic intensifier.
  • adj. in which every Cauchy sequence converges.
  • adj. in which every set with a lower bound has a greatest lower bound.
  • adj. In which all small limits exist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Filled up; with no part or element lacking; free from deficiency; entire; perfect; consummate.
  • adj. Finished; ended; concluded; completed.
  • adj. Having all the parts or organs which belong to it or to the typical form; having calyx, corolla, stamens, and pistil.
  • transitive v. To bring to a state in which there is no deficiency; to perfect; to consummate; to accomplish; to fulfill; to finish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no deficiency; wanting no part or element; perfect; whole; entire; full: as, in complete armor.
  • Thorough; consummate; perfect in kind or quality.
  • Finished; ended; concluded; completed.
  • In the case of a partial differential equation of the first order, a solution containing the full number of arbitrary constants, but no arbitrary function.
  • To make complete; bring to a consummation or an end; add or supply what is lacking to; finish; perfect; fill up or out: as, to complete a house or a task; to complete an unfinished design; to complete another's thought, or the measure of one's wrongs.
  • To fulfil; accomplish; realize.
  • Synonyms To consummate, perform, execute, achieve, realize.
  • n. The last of the daily canonical hours in the Roman Catholic breviary: same as complin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. write all the required information onto a form
  • adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
  • adj. having every necessary or normal part or component or step
  • v. bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements
  • adj. perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities
  • adj. highly skilled
  • v. complete a pass
  • v. complete or carry out
  • adj. having come or been brought to a conclusion
  • v. come or bring to a finish or an end


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English complet, from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre, to fill out : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + plēre, to fill; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English compleet ("full, complete"), from Old French complet or Latin completus, past participle of complere ("to fill up, fill full, fulfil, complete"), from com- + *plere ("to fill"), akin to full: see full and plenty and compare deplete, replete. Compare also complement, compliment.


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