verb (used with object), com·plet·ed, com·plet·ing.

Nearby words

  1. complementary strand,
  2. complementary wavelength,
  3. complementation,
  4. complemented,
  5. complementizer,
  6. complete antibody,
  7. complete antigen,
  8. complete blood count,
  9. complete carcinogen,
  10. complete denture

Origin of complete

1325–75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin complētus (past participle of complēre to fill up, fulfill, equivalent to com- com- + plē- fill + -tus past participle suffix


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Synonym study

1–3. Complete, entire, intact, perfect imply that there is no lack or defect, nor has any part been removed. Complete implies that a certain unit has all its parts, fully developed or perfected, and may apply to a process or purpose carried to fulfillment: a complete explanation. Entire means whole, having unbroken unity: an entire book. Intact implies retaining completeness and original condition: a package delivered intact. Perfect emphasizes not only completeness but also high quality and absence of defects or blemishes: a perfect diamond.

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for completedness



having every necessary part or element; entire
ended; finished
(prenominal) thorough; absolutehe is a complete rogue
perfect in quality or kindhe 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 systemCompare consistent (def. 5)
(of flowers) having sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels
archaic expert or skilled; accomplished

verb (tr)

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
Derived Forms

Word Origin for complete

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

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Word Origin and History for completedness
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