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verb complete pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpliːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecompleting
past tensecompleted
past participlecompleted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to finish something
    The work was completed in March.
    She will have completed her training by the spring.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to finish something by adding the parts that are missing
      Complete this sentence.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to write information in the spaces on an official document. A more usual word is fill in
    You need to complete both of these forms.


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