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complete +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpliːtli/
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  • Hyphenation: com‧plete‧ly


completely (comparative more completely, superlative most completely)

  1. (manner) In a complete manner
    • 1851, Herman Melville, chapter 70, in Moby-Dick:
      It should not have been omitted that previous to completely stripping the body of the leviathan, he was beheaded.
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, chapter XIX, in The Awakening:
      She completely abandoned her Tuesdays at home, and did not return the visits of those who had called upon her.
    • 1969, E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., Silver Star Citation - John Kerry,
      Lieutenant (junior grade) KERRY immediately maneuvered his craft through several strafing runs which completely silenced the enemy.
    Please completely fill in the box for your answer, using a number 2 pencil.
  2. (degree) To the fullest extent or degree; totally.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.
    • 1968 June 8, Edward M. Kennedy, Tribute to Senator Robert F. Kennedy,
      Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control.
    • 1975, Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles/Workbook for Students, Lesson 75: The light has come,
      Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made.
    He is completely mad.



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