he is completely in his element meaning, he is completely in his element definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( completes    3rd person present)   ( completing    present participle)   ( completed    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   You use complete to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be.  
usu ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=total, absolute)     (Antonym: partial)    The rebels had taken complete control..., It shows a complete lack of understanding by management..., The resignation came as a complete surprise..., He was the complete opposite of Raymond.     
  completely      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj/adv   (=totally)  
Dozens of flats had been completely destroyed..., ...something completely different.     
2       adj   You can use complete to emphasize that you are referring to the whole of something and not just part of it.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=entire, whole)  
A complete tenement block was burnt to the ground..., The job sheets eventually filled a complete book.     
3       adj   If something is complete, it contains all the parts that it should contain.  
The list may not be complete., ...a complete dinner service...     
  completeness      n-uncount  
...the accuracy and completeness of the information obtained.     
4       verb   To complete a set or group means to provide the last item that is needed to make it a full set or group.  
no cont  
...the stickers needed to complete the collection.      V n  
5       adj   The complete works of a writer are all their books or poems published together in one book or as a set of books.  
ADJ n  
...the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.     
6    If one thing comes complete with another, it has that thing as an extra or additional part.  
complete with      prep-phrase   PREP n  
The diary comes complete with a gold-coloured ballpoint pen.     
7       adj   If something is complete, it has been finished.  
v-link ADJ     (Antonym: incomplete)    The work of restoring the farmhouse is complete..., It'll be two years before the process is complete.     
8       verb   If you complete something, you finish doing, making, or producing it.  
Peter Mayle has just completed his first novel.      V n  
...the rush to get the stadiums completed on time.      get n V-ed  
  completion     ( completions    plural)    n-var  
The project is nearing completion..., House completions for the year should be up from 1,841 to 2,200.     
9       verb   If you complete something, you do all of it.  
no cont   (=finish)  
She completed her degree in two years...      V n  
This book took years to complete.      V n  
10       verb   If you complete a form or questionnaire, you write the answers or information asked for in it.   (=fill in)  
Simply complete the coupon below...      V n  
Use the enclosed envelope to return your completed survey.      V-ed  
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he is a very good seller
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
used to describe a person. i.e this is the qua am telling you about or he is a fantastic qua
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her
made with Jail and Bait
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
got a lot on his plate
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
Unique user’s identity on internet is simply is user life in cyberspace while if user leave no record or trace of his virtual life is virtual death.
the decision is yours
someone who is providing advice and support for his mate when it comes to potential relationships/partners
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
an element that has a single dominating theme
for instance : having a theme that continues through more than one movement of a musical composition
something is easy to do
It is healthy to laugh
charver is another word for chav
If you lived in Newcastle you would know it. Common in NE England
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
home is the best place to be no matter where it is


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