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From con- +‎ plectō.



complector (present infinitive complectī, perfect active complexus sum); third conjugation, deponent

  1. to embrace or hug
    Synonyms: amplector, teneō, implicō
  2. to encircle, surround, encompass
    Synonyms: amplector, stīpō, claudō, circumdō, circumveniō
  3. to comprehend, understand
    Synonyms: comprehendō, dēprehendō, apprehendō, accipiō, cognōscō, concipiō, teneō, apīscor, capiō, excipiō, exaudiō, cōnsequor
    Antonyms: ignōrō, nesciō
  4. to include or involve
    Synonyms: contineō, inclūdō, apprehendō, teneō, amplector
  5. to seize or grasp
    Synonyms: teneo, retineo, capio, concipio, habeo, prehenso, apiscor, comprehendo


   Conjugation of complector (third conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present complector complecteris,
complectitur complectimur complectiminī complectuntur
imperfect complectēbar complectēbāris,
complectēbātur complectēbāmur complectēbāminī complectēbantur
future complectar complectēris,
complectētur complectēmur complectēminī complectentur
perfect complexus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect complexus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect complexus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present complectar complectāris,
complectātur complectāmur complectāminī complectantur
imperfect complecterer complecterēris,
complecterētur complecterēmur complecterēminī complecterentur
perfect complexus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect complexus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present complectere complectiminī
future complectitor complectitor complectuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives complectī complexum esse complexūrum esse
participles complectēns complexus complexūrus complectendus,
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
complectendī complectendō complectendum complectendō complexum complexū

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: complect


  • complector”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • complector”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • complector in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to fall fast asleep: artus somnus aliquem complectitur (Rep. 6. 10)
    • to show kindness to..: benevolentia aliquem complecti or prosequi
    • to grasp a thing mentally: animo, mente, cogitatione aliquid comprehendere, complecti
    • to be courteous, obliging to some one: aliquem officiis suis complecti, prosequi
    • in short; to be brief: ut paucis (brevi, breviter) complectar