[ aw-toh-kuhm-pleet ]

verb (used with object)

, au·to·com·plet·ed, au·to·com·plet·ing.
  1. to complete (a sequence of characters) in a text field in a digital document or app: Compare auto-populate ( def ).

    Why would this library app autocomplete a book’s title if they don’t have it?!

  2. sometimes used interchangeably with autofill ( def 1 ).


  1. a feature of a messaging app, word processor, email program, web browser, etc., that automatically predicts the remaining characters in a word or phrase based on what has been typed or input before:

    Using autocomplete makes typing on my phone’s tiny keyboard so much faster.

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Other Words From

  • au·to·com·ple·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of autocomplete1

First recorded in 1990–95; auto- 3( def ) + complete ( def )

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Example Sentences

The autocomplete functionality tied to each command line tool can be tweaked to your liking and shared with the wider community.

That’s an improvement on an earlier iteration called Copilot, a kind of autocomplete for coders released as a product on Github, which had a success rate of 27 percent.

Again, credit to the impressive product Google has built, but autocomplete certainly impacts how people search in bulk.

That is remarkable, but I wonder how much of that is influenced less by synchronization, and more by autocomplete.

I would go out on a limb and say I now use autocomplete more than not.