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