Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: complet, from Latin, past participle of complere 'to fill up', from com- ( COM-) + plere 'to fill'

complete

1 adjective
     
com‧plete1 S2 W1
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.
a complete fool/idiot etc
Meg realized she'd been a complete fool.
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] finished [≠ incomplete]:
Work on the new building is nearly complete.
4

complete with something

having particular equipment or features:
The house comes complete with swimming pool and sauna.
completeness noun [uncountable]
For the sake of completeness I should mention one further argument.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary