complete

[ kuhm-pleet ]
/ kəmˈplit /
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adjective

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

SYNONYMS FOR complete
ANTONYMS FOR complete

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for half-completed

half-completed

adjective

(of a job, task, project, etc) only partially completed

complete

/ (kəmˈpliːt) /

adjective

verb (tr)

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 half-completed
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