complete

\ \ [14] Complete first reached English as an adjective, either via Old French complet or direct from Latin complētus. This was the past participle of complērefill up, finish’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and plērefill’, a word related to Latin plēnusfull’ (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 [14].
\ \ Cf.ACCOMPLISH, COMPLIMENT, COMPLY, EXPLETIVE, PLENARY, PLENTY

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