- The definition of complete is someone or something that is finished or whole and that is not missing anything or any parts.
An example of complete is a finished puzzle that has all 100 pieces.
- To complete is to finish something, to make something whole or see a task through to the end.
An example of complete is when you finish your homework.
- lacking no component part; full; whole; entire
- brought to a conclusion; ended; finished
- thorough; absolute: to have complete confidence in someone
- accomplished; skilled; consummate
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French complet ; from Classical Latin completus, past participle of complere, to fill up, complete ; from com-, intensive plush plere, to fill: see full
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adjective com·plet·er, com·plet·est
- Having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps; entire: a complete meal.
- Botany Having all principal parts, namely, the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistil or pistils. Used of a flower.
- Having come to an end; concluded.
- 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).
- a. Skilled; accomplished: a complete musician.b. Thorough; consummate: a complete coward.
- Football Caught in bounds by a receiver: a complete pass.
- To bring to a finish or an end: She has completed her studies.
- To make whole, with all necessary elements or parts: A second child would complete their family.
- Football To throw (a forward pass) so as to be caught by a receiver.
Origin: 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.
- com·pleteˈly adverb
- com·pleteˈness noun
- com·pleˈtive adjective