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complete

[ kuhm-pleet ]
/ kəmˈplit /
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adjective
verb (used with object), com·plet·ed, com·plet·ing.

OTHER WORDS FOR complete

1 unbroken, unimpaired, undivided.
3 developed.
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Origin of complete

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French or directly from Latin complētus (past participle of complēre “to fill up, fulfill,” equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -tus past participle suffix

usage note for complete

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: an almost complete record; a more complete proposal; 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM complete

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What are other ways to say complete?

Something that is complete has all its parts or elements, or has been finished or concluded. How does complete compare to synonyms entire, intact, and perfect? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for complete

complete
/ (kəmˈpliːt) /

adjective
verb (tr)

Derived forms of complete

Word Origin for complete

C14: from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre to fill up; see complement
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