General English



  • adjective containing all the parts it should contain
  • verb to finish or make whole
  • verb to fill in information


  • used to describe a mature wine that provides good follow-through and aftertaste

Origin & History of “complete”

Complete first reached English as an adjective, either via Old French complet or direct from Latin complētus. this was the past participle of complēre ‘fill up, finish’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and plēre ‘fill’, a word related to Latin plēnus ‘full’ (whence plenary, plenitude, plenty, etc) and indeed to English full.

The verb complēre itself came into Old French as the now obsolete complir (complete as a verb is a later formation from the adjective), and was prefixed with a- to produce accomplir. From its stem accompliss- English got accomplish (14th c.).