com|plete1 W1S2 [kəmˈpli:t] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: complet, from Latin, past participle of complere 'to fill up', from com- ( COM-) + plere 'to fill']
1.) [usually before noun]
used to emphasize that a quality or situation is as great as it could possibly be
= ↑total
The police were in complete control of the situation.
Their engagement came as a complete surprise to me.
This is a complete waste of time .
a complete fool/idiot etc
Meg realized she'd been a complete fool.
a complete stranger
The darkness was almost complete.
2.) including all parts, details, facts etc and with nothing missing
= ↑whole
≠ ↑incomplete
a complete set of china
The list below is not complete.
the complete works of Shakespeare (=a book, CD etc containing everything Shakespeare wrote)
3.) [not before noun]
≠ ↑incomplete
Work on the new building is nearly complete.
4.) complete with sth
having particular equipment or features
The house comes complete with swimming pool and sauna.
>completeness n [U]
For the sake of completeness I should mention one further argument.
complete 2
complete2 W1S2 v [T]
1.) to finish doing or making something, especially when it has taken a long time
The students have just completed their course.
The building took two years to complete.
2.) to make something whole or perfect by adding what is missing
The child's task was to complete the sentences.
I need one more stamp to complete the set.
3.) to write the information that is needed on a form
= ↑fill out
In all, more than 650 people completed the questionnaire.
Send your completed form to the following address.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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