Definition of complete adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpliːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpliːt//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] used when you are emphasizing something, to mean ‘to the greatest degree possible’ synonym total We were in complete agreement. a complete change in complete silence a complete stranger It came as a complete surprise. I felt a complete idiot.
  2. 2  including all the parts, etc. that are necessary; whole I've collected the complete set. a complete guide to events in Oxford the complete works of Tolstoy You will receive payment for each complete day that you work. opposite incomplete
  3. 3complete with something [not before noun] including something as an extra part or feature The furniture comes complete with tools and instructions for assembly. The book, complete with CD, costs £35.
  4. 4  [not before noun] finished Work on the office building will be complete at the end of the year. opposite incomplete
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French complet or Latin completus, past participle of complere ‘fill up, finish, fulfil’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + plere ‘fill’.Extra examples The book survives complete only in the second edition of 1533. The job is almost complete. You’ve made my life complete. a remarkably complete account of the negotiations A complete guide to events in Oxford is available from the office. After they had gone there was complete silence. He was a complete stranger to me. He was in complete command of the situation. I felt like a complete idiot. I’ve collected the complete set. It’s a complete myth that he has royal blood. Refrigerators brought about a complete change in people’s lifestyle. The accident caused the complete closure of the road. The play was a complete disaster from beginning to end. The train came to a complete standstill. The whole procedure has become a complete farce. The whole thing has been a complete waste of time. the complete works of Tolstoy.
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