# Complete

#### Pronunciation

**IPA:***/kəmˈpliːt/*- Rhymes: -iːt
*Hyphenation:*com + plete

#### Origin

From *Middle English* __compleet__ ("full, complete"), from *Old French* __complet__ or *Latin* __completus__, past participle of __complere__ ("to fill up, fill full, fulfil, complete"), from __com-__ + *__plere__ ("to fill"), akin to full: see full and plenty and compare deplete, replete. Compare also complement, compliment.

#### Alternative forms

- compleat
*archaic*

## Full definition of complete

#### Verb

#### Usage notes

This is a catenative verb that takes the *gerund (-ing)*. See

#### Synonyms

#### Antonyms

#### Adjective

#### complete

- 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**,*w*, Well-connected Brains,*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.- Finished; ended; concluded; completed.When your homework is
**complete**, you can go and play with Martin. **1898**,*Winston Churchill*, The Celebrity Chapter 5,*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.- 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. - (
*analysis, Of a metric space*) in which every Cauchy sequence converges. - (
*algebra, Of a lattice*) in which every set with a lower bound has a greatest lower bound. - (
*math, Of a category*) in which all small limits exist. - (
*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.Sainsbury, Mark 2001*Logical Forms : An Introduction to Philosophical Logic*. Blackwell Publishing, Hong Kong (2010), p. 358. - 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.^{}