I. adjective (completer; -est) Etymology: Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre Date: 14th century 1. a. having all necessary parts, elements, or steps <
a complete diet
b. having all four sets of floral organs c. of a subject or predicate including modifiers, complements, or objects 2. brought to an end ; concluded <
a complete period of time
3. highly proficient <
a complete artist
4. a. fully carried out ; thorough <
a complete renovation
b. total, absolute <
complete silence
c. of a football pass legally caught 5. of insect metamorphosis characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete 1b 6. of a metric space having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space Synonyms: see fullcompletely adverbcompleteness nouncompletive adjective II. transitive verb (completed; completing) Date: 15th century 1. to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state <
complete a painting
2. a. to make whole or perfect <
its song completes the charm of this bird
b. to mark the end of <
a rousing chorus completes the show
c. execute, fulfill <
complete a contract
3. to carry out (a forward pass) successfully Synonyms: see close

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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