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"Full" is an adjective which is often translated as "lleno", and "complete" is an adjective which is often translated as "completo". Learn more about the difference between "full" and "complete" below.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (filled with something)
a. lleno
The tank was full when we started our trip.El depósito estaba lleno cuando empezamos el viaje.
2. (filled with people)
a. lleno
The theater was far from full.El cine no estaba ni mucho menos lleno.
b. completo (hotel)
I'm afraid the hotel is full and we won't have any free rooms until tomorrow.Me temo que el hotel está completo y no tendremos habitaciones libres hasta mañana.
3. (full of activity)
a. ocupado
I have a full day today. What about tomorrow?Hoy tengo un día muy ocupado. ¿Qué le parece mañana?
b. activo
The new treatment will allow patients to lead a full life.El nuevo tratamiento permitirá a los pacientes llevar una vida activa.
4. (comprehensive)
a. completo (explanation)
We need a full report of the company's activities overseas.Necesitamos un informe completo de las actividades de la empresa en el extranjero.
b. detallado
She gave the police a full description of her attacker.Le dio una descripción detallada de su asaltante a la policía.
5. (maximum)
a. todo
She approached the bend at full speed.Tomó la curva a toda velocidad.
b. pleno
She signed the document in full possession of her faculties.Firmó el documento en plena posesión de sus facultades.
6. (rounded)
a. llenito
The model has a rather full figure.La modelo es más bien llenita.
7. (satisfied)
a. lleno
I’m completely full and have no room for dessert.Estoy lleno a tope y no puedo comer postre.
8. (whole)
a. entero
She had to wait a full week for the results of her test.Tuvo que esperar una semana entera para tener los resultados de su análisis.
b. íntegro
We were late for the discount and had to pay full price.Llegamos tarde para el descuento y tuvimos que pagar el precio íntegro.
9. (loose)
a. amplio
She prefers wearing full skirts.Prefiere llevar faldas amplias.
10. (conceited; used with "of oneself")
a. creído
Sofia is so full of herself that it's unbearable to be around her.Sofía es tan creída que es insoportable estar con ella.
b. engreído
Do you like Cristian? - Well, he is very attractive, but is also full of himself.¿Te gusta Cristian? - Pues, sí es muy atractivo pero también es muy engreído.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
11. (as an intensifier)
a. perfectamente
Why do you eat things that you know full well you're allergic to?¿Por qué comes cosas que sabes perfectamente que te dan alergia?
b. muy bien
You know full well what really happened.Tú sabes muy bien lo que realmente sucedió.
12. (directly)
a. directamente
She looked me full in the face and didn't recognize me.Me miró directamente a la cara y no me reconoció.
b. pleno
The ball hit her full in the face knocking her to the ground.El balón la golpeó en plena cara haciéndola caer al suelo.
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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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