complete

[kuhm-pleet]
adjective
1.
having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of Mark Twain's writings.
2.
finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit.
3.
having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kind or quality: a complete scholar.
4.
thorough; entire; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unmodified: a complete victory; a complete mess.
5.
Grammar. having all modifying or complementary elements included: The complete subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “The dappled pony.” Compare simple ( def 20 ).
6.
Also, completed. Football. (of a forward pass) caught by a receiver.
7.
Logic. (of a set of axioms) such that every true proposition able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system is deducible from the set. Compare incomplete ( def 4b ).
8.
Engineering. noting a determinate truss having the least number of members required to connect the panel points so as to form a system of triangles. Compare incomplete ( def 3 ), redundant ( def 5c ).
9.
(of persons) accomplished; skilled; expert.
10.
Mathematics.
a.
of or pertaining to an algebraic system, as a field with an order relation defined on it, in which every set of elements of the system has a least upper bound.
b.
of or pertaining to a set in which every fundamental sequence converges to an element of the set. Compare fundamental sequence.
c.
(of a lattice) having the property that every subset has a least upper bound and a greatest lower bound.
verb (used with object), completed, completing.
11.
to make whole or entire: I need three more words to complete the puzzle.
12.
to make perfect: His parting look of impotent rage completed my revenge.
13.
to bring to an end; finish: Has he completed his new novel yet?
14.
to consummate.
15.
Football. to execute (a forward pass) successfully: He completed 17 passes in 33 attempts.

Origin:
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

completable, adjective
completedness, noun
completely, adverb
completeness, noun
completer, noun
completive, adjective
completively, adverb
half-completed, adjective
precompleteness, noun
quasi-complete, adjective
quasi-completely, adverb
subcomplete, adjective
subcompletely, adverb
subcompleteness, noun
uncompletable, adjective
uncomplete, adjective
uncompletely, adverb
uncompleteness, noun
uncompleted, adjective
well-completed, adjective


1. unbroken, unimpaired, undivided. 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. 3. developed. 11. conclude, consummate, perfect, accomplish, achieve.


1. partial. 3. defective.


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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complete (kəmˈpliːt)
 
adj
1.  having every necessary part or element; entire
2.  ended; finished
3.  (prenominal) thorough; absolute: he is a complete rogue
4.  perfect in quality or kind: he is a complete scholar
5.  Compare consistent (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 system
6.  (of flowers) having sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels
7.  archaic expert or skilled; accomplished
 
vb
8.  to make whole or perfect
9.  to end; finish
10.  (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
11.  American football (of a quarterback) to make a forward pass successfully
 
[C14: from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre to fill up; see complement]
 
com'pletely
 
adv
 
com'pleteness
 
n
 
com'pleter
 
n
 
com'pletion
 
n
 
com'pletive
 
adj

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complete
late 14c., from O.Fr. complet "full," from L. completus, pp. of complere "to fill up," from com- intensive prefix + plere "to fill" (see plenary).
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complete definition


See also complete graph, complete inference system, complete lattice, complete metric space, complete partial ordering, complete theory.
[1. or 2. or both?]
(1996-04-24)

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