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perfect

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adjective per·fect \ ˈpər-fikt \

Definition of perfect

1 a :being entirely without fault or defect :flawless
  • a perfect diamond
b :satisfying all requirements :accurate
c :corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept
  • a perfect gentleman
d :faithfully reproducing the original; specifically :letter-perfect
e :legally valid
2 :expert, proficient
  • practice makes perfect
3 a :pure, total
b :lacking in no essential detail :complete
c obsolete :sane
d :absolute, unequivocal
  • enjoys perfect happiness
e :of an extreme kind :unmitigated
  • a perfect brat
  • an act of perfect foolishness
4 obsolete :mature
5 :of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or verbal that expresses an action or state completed at the time of speaking or at a time spoken of
6 obsolete
7 of a musical interval :belonging to the consonances unison, fourth, fifth, and octave which retain their character when inverted and when raised or lowered by a half step become augmented or diminished
8 a :sexually mature and fully differentiated
  • a perfect insect
b :having both stamens and pistils in the same flower
  • a perfect flower

perfectness

play \ˈpər-fik(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of perfect in a Sentence

  1. He drew a perfect circle.

  2. She's a perfect baby. She hardly cries and she sleeps through the night.

  3. His behavior is a perfect example of what not to do.

  4. This is a perfect time to have a wedding.

  5. Going to the museum was a perfect way to spend a rainy day.

  6. Is that a big enough piece of pie? Yes, it's perfect, thanks.

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Origin and Etymology of perfect

Middle English parfit, from Anglo-French, from Latin perfectus, from past participle of perficere to carry out, perfect, from per- thoroughly + facere to make, do — more at do

Synonym Discussion of perfect

perfect, whole, entire, intact mean not lacking or faulty in any particular. perfect implies the soundness and the excellence of every part, element, or quality of a thing frequently as an unattainable or theoretical state.
    • a perfect set of teeth
whole suggests a completeness or perfection that can be sought, gained, or regained.
    • felt like a whole person again after vacation
entire implies perfection deriving from integrity, soundness, or completeness of a thing.
    • the entire Beethoven corpus
intact implies retention of perfection of a thing in its natural or original state.
    • the boat survived the storm intact

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perfect

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verb per·fect \ pər-ˈfekt also ˈpər-fikt \

Definition of perfect

transitive verb
1 :to bring to final form
2 :to make perfect :improve, refine

perfecter

noun

Examples of perfect in a Sentence

  1. perfected the arrangements for their long-awaited European vacation

  2. an art teacher who seems to believe that you can always perfect a painting with some additional brush strokes

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First Known Use of perfect

14th century


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perfect

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noun per·fect \ ˈpər-fikt \

Definition of perfect

:the perfect tense of a language; also :a verb form in the perfect tense

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First Known Use of perfect

1580



PERFECT Defined for English Language Learners

perfect

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adjective

Definition of perfect for English Language Learners

  • : having no mistakes or flaws

  • : completely correct or accurate

  • : having all the qualities you want in that kind of person, situation, etc.


perfect

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verb

Definition of perfect for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something good) perfect or better


PERFECT Defined for Kids

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perfect

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adjective per·fect \ ˈpər-fikt \

Definition of perfect for Students

1 :having no mistake or flaw
  • a perfect plan
  • a perfect diamond
2 :satisfying all requirements
  • It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
3 :thoroughly skilled or trained :meeting the highest standards
  • a perfect performance
4 :1total 3
  • perfect silence

perfectly

adverb

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perfect

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verb per·fect \ pər-ˈfekt \

Definition of perfect for Students

perfected; perfecting
:to improve (something) so that it has no flaws

Law Dictionary

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perfect

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adjective per·fect \ ˈpər-fikt \

legal Definition of perfect

:entirely without fault or defect: as
a :satisfying all requirements
  • failed to make perfect tender
b :free from any valid legal objection :valid and effective at law
  • having perfect title to the property
— compare imperfect

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transitive verb per·fect \ pər-ˈfekt \

legal Definition of perfect

:to complete or put in final conformity with the law: as
a :to make (an appeal) ready for transfer to an appeals court by satisfying procedural requirements
b :to put (one's security interest) in a position or status having priority over subsequently perfected security interests or unperfected security interests by taking statutorily prescribed steps to give notice especially by filing a financing statement or taking possession of the collateral
  • was the first creditor to perfect its security interest in the debtor's collateral, and, thus, was the first in priority for the collateral
  • Commercial Bank v. Pride Furniture, Inc., 877 P.2d 1222 (1994)
— compare attach 3
intransitive verb
:to make something (as a security interest) complete, in conformity with the law, or valid against third-party claims

perfection

play \pər-ˈfek-shən\ noun


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