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Webster 1913 Edition


Complete

Com-plete′

(kŏm-plēt′)
,
Adj.
[L.
completus
, p. p. of
complere
to fill up;
com-
+
plere
to fill. See
Full
,
Adj.
, and cf.
Comply
,
Compline
.]
1.
Filled up; with no part or element lacking; free from deficiency; entire; perfect; consummate.
Complete perfections.”
Milton.
Ye are
complete
in him.
Col. ii. 10.
That thou, dead corse, again in
complete
steel
Revisit’st thus the glimpses of the moon.
Shakespeare
2.
Finished; ended; concluded; completed;
as, the edifice is
complete
.
This course of vanity almost
complete
.
Prior.
Syn. – See
Whole
.

Com-plete′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Completed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Completing
.]
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
.
Bred only and
completed
to the taste
Of lustful appetence.
Milton.
Syn. – To perform; execute; terminate; conclude; finish; end; fill up; achieve; realize; effect; consummate; accomplish; effectuate; fulfill; bring to pass.

Webster 1828 Edition


Complete

COMPLETE

, a.
1.
Having no deficiency; perfect.
And ye are complete in him who is the head of all principality and power. Col. 2.
2.
Finished; ended; concluded; as, the edifice is complete.
This course of vanity almost complete.
In strict propriety, this word admits of no comparison; for that which is complete, cannot be more or less so. But as the word, like many others, is used with some indefiniteness of signification, it is customary to qualify it with more, most, less and least. More complete, most complete, less complete, are common expressions.
3.
In botany, a complete flower is one furnished with a calyx and corolla. Vaillant. Or having all the parts of a flower.

COMPLETE

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To finish; to end; to perfect; as, to complete a bridge, or an edifice; to complete an education.
2.
To fill to accomplish; as, to complete hopes or desires.
3.
To fulfil; to accomplish; to perform; as, the prophecy of Daniel is completed.

Definition 2022


complete

complete

See also: completé, complété, and complète

English

Alternative forms

Verb

complete (third-person singular simple present completes, present participle completing, simple past and past participle completed)

  1. (transitive) To finish; to make done; to reach the end.
    He completed the assignment on time.
  2. (transitive) To make whole or entire.
    The last chapter completes the book nicely.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Synonyms

Translations

Adjective

complete (comparative completer or more complete, superlative completest or most complete)

  1. With all parts included; with nothing missing; full.
    My life will be complete once I buy this new television.
    She offered me complete control of the project.
    After she found the rook, the chess set was complete.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
  2. Finished; ended; concluded; completed.
    When your homework is complete, you can go and play with Martin.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
  3. Generic intensifier.
    He is a complete bastard!
    It was a complete shock when he turned up on my doorstep.
    Our vacation was a complete disaster.
  4. (analysis, Of a metric space) in which every Cauchy sequence converges.
  5. (algebra, Of a lattice) in which every set with a lower bound has a greatest lower bound.
  6. (mathematics, Of a category) in which all small limits exist.
  7. (logic, of a proof system of a formal system)   With respect to a given semantics, that any well-formed formula which is (semantically) valid must also be provable.[1]
    • Gödel's first incompleteness theorem showed that Principia could not be both consistent and complete. According to the theorem, for every sufficiently powerful logical system (such as Principia), there exists a statement G that essentially reads, "The statement G cannot be proved." Such a statement is a sort of Catch-22: if G is provable, then it is false, and the system is therefore inconsistent; and if G is not provable, then it is true, and the system is therefore incomplete.WP
  8. (computing theory) With respect to a complexity class, used of a problem that is in that class and such that every other problem in that class can be reduced to it (usually in polynomial time or logarithmic space).
    • 2007, Yi-Kai Liu, The Complexity of the Consistency and N-representability Problems for Quantum States, page 17:
      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.
    • 2009, Sanjeev Arora and Boaz Barak, Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach, page 137:
      BPP behaves differently in some ways from other classes we have seen. For example, we know of no complete languages for BPP.

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Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

External links

  • complete in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • complete in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

References

  1. Sainsbury, Mark [2001] Logical Forms : An Introduction to Philosophical Logic. Blackwell Publishing, Hong Kong (2010), page 358.

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: distribute · ordinary · forms · #948: complete · access · ways · grave

Interlingua

Adjective

complete (comparative plus complete, superlative le plus complete)

  1. complete

Italian

Adjective

complete f pl

  1. feminine plural of completo

Latin

Verb

complēte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of compleō

Portuguese

Verb

complete

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of completar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of completar
  3. first-person singular imperative of completar
  4. third-person singular imperative of completar

Spanish

Verb

complete

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of completar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of completar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of completar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of completar.