perfect

adjective
per·​fect | \ ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \

Definition of perfect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
3a : 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

a : certain, sure
7 of a musical interval : belonging to the consonances unison, fourth, fifth, and octave which become augmented or diminished when raised or lowered by a half step
8a : sexually mature and fully differentiated a perfect insect
b : having both stamens and pistils in the same flower a perfect flower

perfect

verb
per·​fect | \ pər-ˈfekt also ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \
perfected; perfecting; perfects

Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

perfect

noun
per·​fect | \ ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \

Definition of perfect (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from perfect

Adjective

perfectness \ ˈpər-​fik(t)-​nəs How to pronounce perfectness (audio) \ noun

Verb

perfecter noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of perfect in a Sentence

Adjective

He drew a perfect circle. She's a perfect baby. She hardly cries and she sleeps through the night. His behavior is a perfect example of what not to do. This is a perfect time to have a wedding. Going to the museum was a perfect way to spend a rainy day. “Is that a big enough piece of pie?” “Yes, it's perfect, thanks.”

Verb

perfected the arrangements for their long-awaited European vacation an art teacher who seems to believe that you can always perfect a painting with some additional brush strokes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Grab a picnic, a blanket and a friend: the weather in Portland this weekend will be warm and breezy, perfect for enjoying the city’s parks and outdoor spaces. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Warm through the weekend," 13 July 2019 In some ways, Comiskey was the perfect place for Disco Demo night. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 Check out the most stylish leather jacket outfits perfect for class, date night, the homecoming dance, and beyond. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "15 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 12 July 2019 The moon is the perfect place to really collaborate on a global scale. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Come One, Come All: Building a Moon Village," 10 July 2019 Moisture can get trapped under there, creating an environment that’s perfect for yeast to grow, which can result in itchy boobs. Korin Miller, SELF, "14 Causes of Itchy Boobs Everyone Should Know," 3 July 2019 All of this combines to make Segera Retreat the perfect place to a safari experience like no other. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Luxurious Kenyan Safari Is Anything But Basic," 3 July 2019 News that Turner changed out of her bridal gown and into a white slip dress — perfect for dancing. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas’ Wedding Reception Was A Dance Party (& Diplo Didn’t Stream It)," 30 June 2019 Kim Sunée has a new recipe for roasted carrots with burrata cheese that’s perfect. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska eats: Hot days, cold salads, meatless burgers," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s hard to imagine anyone connected to sports back then who didn’t know Eddie, an easygoing gentleman who perfected the art of juggling assignments. Washington Post, "Longtime AP sports writer Ed Shearer dies at 82," 24 June 2019 Nintendo has perfected the art of creating safe, enjoyable products the whole family can get behind, and New Super Mario Bros. is a refined and polished plumbing adventure. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Party Time! 12 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-op Games," 22 June 2019 Admittedly one of those city girls who hadn’t perfected the art of the at-home mani, Gibson Tuttle committed to a full year of DIY polish jobs (i.e., no cheating at Olive & June) in 2018. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Olive & June's New Tool Made Painting My Nails at Home So Much Easier," 14 Mar. 2019 Relentless booing Nobody has perfected the art of the boo like Eagles fans. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "5 reasons Trump should fear how Eagles fans might respond to canceled White House visit," 5 June 2018 Since becoming first lady, the former model has perfected the blank-slate art of being anything to anyone. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What's behind the Melania Trump curtain?," 25 Apr. 2018 Throughout history, humans and their ancestors have perfected the art of killing big animals. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Humans have killed off most of Earth's big mammals. In 200 years, cows could be biggest ones left.," 19 Apr. 2018 The line allegedly took Kardashian-West 15 years to perfect. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "The perfect timing and iffy branding of Kim Kardashian’s “Kimono” shapewear," 26 June 2019 Nowhere is this artful collaboration more apparent than in the crystal net and chain-link pieces Dossena and company turn out season after season, each a feat of engineering that takes weeks to perfect. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Magical Making of Paco Rabanne’s 144-Hour Crystal Dress," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike, Welch’s previous collections with the Express, this collection focuses on the right assortment of functional yet, fashionable basics that our perfect for the everyday women. James Love, Essence, "Celebrity Stylist, Karla Welch Collaborates With Express For A Second Time Express.," 17 July 2019 The drive along State Highway 61 from Duluth to the Canadian border is postcard perfect. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Here's a sampling of playgrounds throughout the area: Jump & Jacks in West Chester is a two-story playground perfect for climbers and kids who love slides. $4 for toddlers, $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "What to do with your kids when it rains on summer break," 18 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019 Luckily, all the dates in The Perfect Date are right here, ranked in order of least-perfect to most-perfect, for your reading pleasure. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 2019 But long live wine country —Know what to look for to find a great rosé —Canned wines are on the rise and perfect for this summer. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of perfect

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perfect

Adjective

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

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More Definitions for perfect

perfect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of perfect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having no mistakes or flaws
: completely correct or accurate
: having all the qualities you want in that kind of person, situation, etc.

perfect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something good) perfect or better

perfect

adjective
per·​fect | \ ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \

Kids Definition of perfect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : total entry 1 sense 3 perfect silence

Other Words from perfect

perfectly adverb

perfect

verb
per·​fect | \ pər-ˈfekt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \
perfected; perfecting

Kids Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 2)

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

perfect

adjective
per·​fect | \ ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \

Legal Definition of perfect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

perfect

transitive verb
per·​fect | \ pər-ˈfekt How to pronounce perfect (audio) \

Legal Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 collateralCommercial Bank v. Pride Furniture, Inc., 877 P.2d 1222 (1994) — compare attach sense 3

intransitive verb

: to make something (as a security interest) complete, in conformity with the law, or valid against third-party claims

Other Words from perfect

perfection \ pər-​ˈfek-​shən How to pronounce perfection (audio) \ noun

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