[ kuhm-plee-shuhn ]
/ kəmˈpli ʃən /


the act of completing.
the state of being completed.
conclusion; fulfillment: Her last novel represented the completion of her literary achievement.
Football. a forward pass that has been completed.

Nearby words

  1. completely,
  2. completely normal space,
  3. completely regular space,
  4. completer set,
  5. completing the square,
  6. completionist,
  7. completist,
  8. complex,
  9. complex absence,
  10. complex analysis

Origin of completion

First recorded in 1650–60, completion is from the Late Latin word complētiōn- (stem of complētiō). See complete, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR completion
Related formsnon·com·ple·tion, nounpre·com·ple·tion, nounsub·com·ple·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-completion

  • The world (p. 222) has probably not lost much by reason of the non-completion of the contemplated volumes.

    John Quincy Adams|John. T. Morse
  • I suppose it was one or all of these conditions that caused the non-completion of the bargain.

  • The non-completion of the old monument, therefore, seems to have been providential, and no fault of the projector or contractor.

  • At the front it has a one-sided irregular look; and this is owing to the non-completion of a collateral spire.

Word Origin and History for non-completion



late 14c., from Latin completionem (nominative completio), noun of action from past participle stem of complere "to fill up, complete" (see complete (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper