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Princeton's WordNet

  1. completeadjective

    having every necessary or normal part or component or step

    "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"

  2. complete, consummateadjective

    perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities

    "a complete gentleman"; "consummate happiness"; "a consummate performance"

  3. accomplished, completeadjective

    highly skilled

    "an accomplished pianist"; "a complete musician"

  4. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulteratedadjective

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  5. complete, concluded, ended, over(p), all over, terminatedverb

    having come or been brought to a conclusion

    "the harvesting was complete"; "the affair is over, ended, finished"; "the abruptly terminated interview"

  6. complete, finishverb

    come or bring to a finish or an end

    "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

  7. completeverb

    bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements

    "A child would complete the family"

  8. dispatch, discharge, completeverb

    complete or carry out

    "discharge one's duties"

  9. complete, nailverb

    complete a pass

  10. complete, fill out, fill in, make outverb

    write all the required information onto a form

    "fill out this questionnaire, please!"; "make out a form"


  1. completeverb

    To finish; to make done; to reach the end.

    He completed the assignment on time.

  2. completeverb

    To make whole or entire.

    The last chapter completes the book nicely.

  3. completeadjective

    in which every Cauchy sequence converges.

  4. completeadjective

    With all parts included; with nothing missing; full.

    My life will be complete once I buy this new television.

  5. completeadjective

    Finished; ended; concluded; completed.

    When your homework is complete, you can go and play with Martin.

  6. completeadjective

    Generic intensifier.

    He is a complete bastard!

  7. completeadjective

    In which every Cauchy sequence converges to a point within the space.

  8. completeadjective

    In which every set with a lower bound has a greatest lower bound.

  9. completeadjective

    In which all small limits exist.

  10. completeadjective

    In which every semantically valid well-formed formula is provable.[1]

  11. completeadjective

    That is in a given complexity class and is such that every other problem in the class can be reduced to it.

    QMA arises naturally in the study of quantum computation, and it also has a complete problem, Local Hamiltonian, which is a generalization of k-SAT.

  12. Etymology: From Middle English compleet ("full, complete"), borrowed from Old French complet or Latin completus, past participle of compleō ("I fill up, I complete") (whence also complement, compliment), from com- + pleō ("I fill, I fulfill") (whence also deplete, replete, plenty), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₁- ("to fill") (English full).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMPLETEadjective

    Etymology: completus, Latin.

    With us the reading of scripture in the church is a part of our church liturgy, a special portion of the service which we do to God; and not an exercise to spend the time, when one doth wait for another coming, ’till the assembly of them that shall afterwards worship him be complete. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 19.

    And ye are complete in him which is the head of all principality and power. Col. ii. 10.

    Then marvel not, thou great and complete man,
    That all the Greeks begin to worship Ajax. William Shakespeare.

    If any disposition should appear towards so good a work, the assistance of the legislative power would be necessary to make it more complete. Jonathan Swift.

    This course of vanity almost complete,
    Tir’d in the field of life, I hope retreat. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Completeverb

    To perfect; to finish.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    In 1608, Mr. Sanderson was completed master of arts. Izaak Walton, Life of Sanderson.

    To town he comes, completes the nation’s hope,
    And heads the bold train’d-bands, and burns a pope. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Completeadjective

    filled up; with no part or element lacking; free from deficiency; entire; perfect; consummate

  2. Completeadjective

    finished; ended; concluded; completed; as, the edifice is complete

  3. Completeadjective

    having all the parts or organs which belong to it or to the typical form; having calyx, corolla, stamens, and pistil

  4. Completeverb

    to bring to a state in which there is no deficiency; to perfect; to consummate; to accomplish; to fulfill; to finish; as, to complete a task, or a poem; to complete a course of education


  1. Complete

    In computational complexity theory, a computational problem is complete for a complexity class if it is, in a technical sense, among the "hardest" problems in the complexity class. More formally, a problem p is called hard for a complexity class C under a given type of reduction, if there exists a reduction from any problem in C to p. If a problem is both hard for the class and a member of the class, it is complete for that class. A problem that is complete for a class C is said to be C-complete, and the class of all problems complete for C is denoted C-complete. The first complete class to be defined and the most well-known is NP-complete, a class that contains many difficult-to-solve problems that arise in practice. Similarly, a problem hard for a class C is called C-hard, e.g. NP-hard. Normally it is assumed that the reduction in question does not have higher computational complexity than the class itself. Therefore it may be said that if a C-complete problem has a "computationally easy" solution, then all problems in "C" have an "easy" solution. Generally, complexity classes that have a recursive enumeration have known complete problems, whereas those that do not, don't have any known complete problems. For example, NP, co-NP, PLS, PPA all have known natural complete problems, while RP, ZPP, BPP and TFNP do not have any known complete problems.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Complete

    kom-plēt′, adj. free from deficiency: perfect: finished: entire.—v.t. to finish: to make perfect or entire: to accomplish.—adjs. Complēt′able; Complēt′ed.—adv. Complete′ly.—ns. Complete′ness, the state of being complete; Complē′tion, the act of completing: the state of being complete: fulfilment.—adjs. Complēt′ive; Complēt′ory, fulfilling: completing. [L. complēre, -ētum, to fill up—com, inten., and plēre, to fill.]

Editors Contribution

  1. complete

    Having every accurate, perfect and specific element or facet.

    The complete jigsaw was made by the couple.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

  2. complete

    Having every accurate, perfect and specific element, process or detail.

    They have the complete process mapped out for the change program, it is so easy.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

  3. complete

    To achieve or fulfill a goal, plan or task.

    She did love to complete things well before the planned time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complete' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1064

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complete' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1578

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complete' in Verbs Frequency: #230

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complete' in Adjectives Frequency: #134

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complete in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of complete in a Sentence

  1. Neil Ferguson:

    We want to move to a situation where at least by the end of May we're able to substitute some less intensive measures, more based on technology and testing, for the complete lockdown we have now.

  2. Dave Hnida:

    Specifically what we're saying is that two masks may actually equal the protection you would get from N-95 masks, which is considered the best mask there is short of a complete respirator-type unit.

  3. Marc Sarrado:

    For the first seconds, it was complete silence. By the fifth second, everybody started to scream, it was really, really intense. Even when the shaking stopped, people were still screaming. They were completely panicked, because they knew exactly what it was.

  4. Richard Dennis:

    With regards to international exposure, it's a positive but that may be where the positives end, with Facebook one of the biggest hoarders of personal data on the planet, there's a complete contradiction of what cryptocurrencies are meant to be — no one entity should hold the power, the data or most importantly control user funds.

  5. Joel Kulina:

    A lot of the fast-money types had recently been trying to catch a falling knife, and some of these stocks started to look OK. But today looks like a complete capitulation, where guys can’t stomach the pain of regulatory uncertainty. People have just given up.

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  • كامل, انتهى, أكمل, اكتمالArabic
  • поўныBelarusian
  • завършен, цял, пъленBulgarian
  • complet, complir, completaCatalan, Valencian
  • plný, dokončit, úplnýCzech
  • kompletDanish
  • abgeschlossen, fertigstellen, vollständig, fertigmachen, beendet, komplettieren, komplett, ganz, beenden, ergänzenGerman
  • ολοκληρώνω, πλήρες, πλήρηςGreek
  • plenigi, kompleta, kompletiEsperanto
  • cumplir, completo, terminar, completarSpanish
  • کمپلت, کاملPersian
  • täydentää, [[saada]] [[valmiiksi]], täydellinen, [[tehdä]] [[loppuun]], valmisFinnish
  • accomplir, terminer, complète, complet, compléterFrench
  • foirfe, líonmharIrish
  • buileachScottish Gaelic
  • completoGalician
  • סייםHebrew
  • पूराHindi
  • completeInterlingua
  • sempurna, lengkap, komplitIndonesian
  • kompletigarIdo
  • completo, compiere, completato, completa, completare, riempire, conclusoItalian
  • 全うする, 完成, 終える, 完全, 終わる, 完了, 全いJapanese
  • аяқтау, бітіруKazakh
  • ته‌واو کردن, ته‌واوKurdish
  • integrumLatin
  • pilnīgsLatvian
  • полнMacedonian
  • gjøre ferdig, fullføreNorwegian
  • algeheel, compleet, voltooien, aanvullen, volledigDutch
  • fullføre, gjere ferdigNorwegian Nynorsk
  • fullstendigNorwegian
  • completOccitan
  • zupełna, ukończyć, kompletny, uzupełnić, dopełnić, skompletować, pełny, zupełnyPolish
  • íntegro, totalizado, inteirar, completo, completar, concluído, concluir, terminar, integral, acabar, terminadoPortuguese
  • termina, completa, completRomanian
  • полный, закончить, заканчивать, совершенный, целый, укомплектовывать, укомплектовать, завершить, комплектовать, завершатьRussian
  • pun, пунSerbo-Croatian
  • plnýSlovak
  • dokončati, dokončan, dopolniti, popoln, zaključitiSlovene
  • färdig, fullständig, komplett, färdigställa, fullborda, slutföraSwedish
  • సంపూర్ణమైన, పూర్తిచేయు, పూర్తి, ముగించుTelugu
  • tamamlamak, tamamTurkish
  • повнийUkrainian
  • پوراUrdu
  • bam-bamYoruba

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    • A. ultimo
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    • C. omnifarious
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