complete Definition

  • 1having all the necessary or appropriate parts
  • 2finished; ended
  • 3absolute; thorough

Using complete: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "complete" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The project is now complete.

  • Example

    She gave a complete account of what had happened.

  • Example

    The museum has a complete collection of his works.

  • Example

    He felt a complete failure.

complete Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for complete

Idioms Using complete

  • something or someone that is entirely different from something or someone else


    Her personality is the complete opposite of her sister's.

  • a person or thing that has all the desired or necessary qualities


    He's the complete package: smart, funny, and good-looking.

  • a complete failure or disaster


    The concert was a complete washout due to the heavy rain.

Phrases with complete

  • including all the expected or required elements or features


    The package comes complete with instructions and all necessary tools.

  • having full power over something or someone


    The dictator had complete control over the country.

  • a person who is entirely unknown to another person


    I met a complete stranger on the train yesterday.

Origins of complete

from Latin 'completus', past participle of 'complere', meaning 'to fill up'


Summary: complete in Brief

The adjective 'complete' [kəmˈpliːt] means having all necessary or appropriate parts, finished, or absolute. It can be used to describe a wide range of things, from projects and accounts to collections and feelings. 'Complete' can also be used in phrases like 'complete with' and idioms like 'complete opposite,' which denote inclusion and contrast, respectively.

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