[kuh m-pleet] /kəmˈplit/

having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full:
a complete set of Mark Twain’s writings.
finished; ended; concluded:
a complete orbit.
having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kind or quality:
a complete scholar.
thorough; entire; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unmodified:
a complete victory; a complete mess.
Grammar. having all modifying or complementary elements included: The complete subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “The dappled pony.”.
Compare (def 20).
Also, completed. Football. (of a forward pass) caught by a receiver.
Logic. (of a set of axioms) such that every true proposition able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system is deducible from the set.
Compare (def 4b).
Engineering. noting a determinate truss having the least number of members required to connect the panel points so as to form a system of triangles.
Compare (def 3), (def 5c).
(of persons) accomplished; skilled; expert.

verb (used with object), completed, completing.
to make whole or entire:
I need three more words to complete the puzzle.
to make perfect:
His parting look of impotent rage completed my revenge.
to bring to an end; finish:
Has he completed his new novel yet?
to consummate.
Football. to execute (a forward pass) successfully:
He completed 17 passes in 33 attempts.
having every necessary part or element; entire
ended; finished
(prenominal) thorough; absolute: he is a complete rogue
perfect in quality or kind: he is a complete scholar
(of a logical system) constituted such that a contradiction arises on the addition of any proposition that cannot be deduced from the axioms of the system Compare consistent (sense 5)
(of flowers) having sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels
(archaic) expert or skilled; accomplished
verb (transitive)
to make whole or perfect
to end; finish
(in land law) to pay any outstanding balance on a contract for the conveyance of land in exchange for the title deeds, so that the ownership of the land changes hands
(American football) (of a quarterback) to make a forward pass successfully

late 14c., from Old French complet “full,” or directly from Latin completus, past participle of complere “to fill up, complete the number of (a legion, etc.),” transferred to “to fill, to fulfill, to finish (a task),” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plere “to fill” (see pleio-).

late 14c.; see complete (adj.). Related: Completed; completing.


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