Etymology: Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre
Date: 14th century
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 full • completely adverb • completeness noun • completive 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.