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"Complete" is an adjective which is often translated as "completo", and "thorough" is an adjective which is often translated as "a fondo". Learn more about the difference between "complete" and "thorough" below.
complete(
kuhm
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plit
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (having all parts)
a. completo
The complete course lasts six weeks.El curso completo dura seis semanas.
2. (not limited in any way)
a. total
Trying to convince her was a complete waste of time.Intentar convencerla fue una pérdida de tiempo total.
b. absoluto
The king had complete control over his subjects' lives.El rey tenía un control absoluto sobre la vida de sus súbditos.
3. (entirely done)
a. terminado
The building is almost complete.El edificio está casi terminado.
b. acabado
The training program will be complete by June.El programa de capacitación habrá acabado antes de junio.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make whole)
a. completar
You can get a scholarship to complete your degree abroad.Puedes conseguir una beca para completar tus estudios en el extranjero.
b. cumplir
He has completed his sentence and will be released tomorrow.Ya ha cumplido su sentencia y será puesto en libertad mañana.
5. (to finish)
a. terminar
You need to complete your homework before watching any television.Si quieres ver televisión, antes tienes que terminar tu tarea.
6. (to fill in)
a. rellenar
Please complete the form and hand it to the nurse when you are ready to see the doctor.Por favor, rellene el formulario y entrégueselo a la enfermera cuando esté listo para ver al médico.
b. cumplimentar (formal)
If you would like further information, please complete the form.Si desea obtener información adicional, cumplimente el formulario.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to formalize a contract) (United Kingdom)
a. formalizar un contrato de compraventa
The purchaser of their house doesn't want to complete until next month.El comprador de la casa no quiere formalizar el contrato de compraventa hasta el mes que viene.
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thorough(
thuhr
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o
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (complete)
a. a fondo
You need to give the dog kennel a thorough cleaning. It smells bad.Hay que hacer una limpieza a fondo de la perrera. Huele mal.
b. minucioso
The police carried out a thorough search, but the kidnapper's hiding place could not be found.La policía llevó a cabo una búsqueda minuciosa pero no fue posible encontrar el escondite del secuestrador.
c. riguroso
The congresswoman called for a thorough investigation of the bombing.La congresista pidió una investigación rigurosa del bombardeo.
2. (vast)
a. profundo (knowledge)
The company seeks to hire someone with a thorough knowledge of welding.La empresa busca contratar a alguien con conocimiento profundo de la soldadura.
b. sólido (understanding)
He demonstrated a thorough understanding of human anatomy in his presentation.Demostró poseer una sólida comprensión de la anatomía humana en su presentación.
3. (meticulous)
a. concienzudo
Mr. Salas is a very patient and thorough teacher.El Sr. Salas es un maestro muy paciente y concienzudo.
b. meticuloso
Laura is a very thorough worker with high energy.Laura es una trabajadora muy meticulosa con mucha energía.
c. minucioso
My manager is the most thorough person ever. Nothing gets by him.Mi gerente es la persona más minuciosa que haya conocido. Nada se le escapa.
4. (as an intensifier)
a. absoluto
Taking antibiotics for a viral infection is a thorough waste of time.Tomar antibióticos por una infección viral es una pérdida absoluta de tiempo.
b. total
That movie was a thorough waste of an otherwise perfect evening.Esa película fue una total pérdida de una noche que, de otro modo, hubiera sido perfecta.
c. verdadero
Beatriz is a thorough nuisance - she's always talking about her trips to exotic destinations.Beatriz es una verdadera latosa: se la pasa hablando de sus viajes a lugares exóticos.
d. perfecto
I can't believe he said that to you. Ignore him. He's a thorough idiot.No puedo creer que te haya dicho eso. No le hagas caso. Es un perfecto idiota.
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