[[t]kəmˈplit[/t]] adj. v. -plet•ed, -plet•ing
1) having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full:
a complete set of golf clubs[/ex]
2) finished; ended; concluded:
a complete orbit[/ex]
3) having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate:
a complete scholar[/ex]
4) thorough; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unqualified:
a complete victory; a complete stranger[/ex]
5) gram. (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 18), a)
6) spo (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[/ex]
9) to bring to an end; finish:
to complete a task[/ex]
10) to consummate; fulfill
11) spo to execute (a forward pass) successfully
Etymology: 1325–75; ME (< MF) < L complētus, ptp. 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

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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