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

The longer bristles at the tip reach into corners while the shorter ones on the sides are perfect for walls and floors. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "This $7 Heavy Duty Grout Brush Will Send the Mildew in Your Bathroom Packing," 1 Mar. 2019 Of course, the standard modem + router setup isn't perfect for every home, especially larger ones prone to dead zones. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's the Day to Replace That Busted Router and Upgrade Your Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 The synth-y, pop-heavy songs create the perfect breakup mix that people everywhere will by jamming to for the rest of eternity. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Signs That Ariana Grande’s “Ghostin” Lyrics Are About Mac Miller and Pete Davidson," 8 Feb. 2019 But an Edible Arrangement is perfect for when cash would be both ideal and colossally inappropriate. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018 Think of it as the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your gift shopping. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 The first big purchase was that sofa in the living room; the chocolate leather reminded me of a baseball mitt—which was perfect, because Michael is such a Dodgers fan. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Dream House on the Malibu Coast with Breathtaking Views," 12 Feb. 2019 The cruise departs on November 17 and docks again on November 24 giving you the perfect escape from hectic holiday traveling and the Black Friday madness. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Thanksgiving-Themed Cruise Through the South Is the Best Way to Spend the Holidays," 1 Oct. 2018 Good thing the Maryland native has the perfect spot to show off, and evolve, her beloved groupings: a 1920s four-bedroom, four-bathroom bungalow in Bel Air, just five miles from her childhood home. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Step Inside a Serene Bungalow," 25 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The truck drove it down to Anduril HQ in southern California, where the VR will be perfected and field tests will begin. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 This technique was perfected by Mr Putin in Russia, and is now widely copied. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 Akar estimates that an investor might need to spend about $3 million to perfect and manufacture the ultimate unit. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Amateur inventors right the world with solutions for back pain, broken windows, wobbly tables and inaccessible toilets," 27 Apr. 2018 Skeptics of engagement have long said that the North often turns to interminable rounds of diplomacy meant to ease the pain of sanctions – giving it time to perfect its weapons and win aid for unfulfilled nuclear promises. Foster Klug, The Christian Science Monitor, "In historic summit, Korean leaders repeat commitment to denuclearize," 27 Apr. 2018 Just about the biggest shift—from clay pots to glass bottles—took more than a century to perfect and catch on. Mark Byrne, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 21 Apr. 2018 Queen Bey perfected her performance from head-to-toe and made sure to take her outfit changes extra seriously. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Beyoncé Switched Up Her Manicure in Between Coachella Performances," 16 Apr. 2018 Even with mills churning non-stop during wartime, manufacturers had not yet perfected the art of smelting steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The style of play is fluid, with quick interchanges and perfect crosses. SI.com, "The Stars are Aligned in Russia 2018 for Underdogs Croatia to Seize the Ultimate Footballing Prize," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gibson & Dehn Norway Spruce Candle, $38, gibsonanddehn.com A candle perfect for cuffing season! Vogue, "Get Ahead of the Registry: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Newly Engaged Friend," 16 Nov. 2018 What made Darnold’s debut perfect was its beginning. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Jets May Be Good. This Is Bad.," 13 Sep. 2018 In the past, the tech company, owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group, has released videos showing its robots climbing stairs, executing perfect back flips and opening doors with shocking facility. Peter Holley, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Dynamics posts video of jogging humanoid robot that scares the internet," 11 May 2018 The glittery finish will hide imperfections, so no need to stress about making the blue coat perfect. Megan Inayoshi, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute," 2 Dec. 2013 But what drew Sellars to the material was how the history and drama mixed into a tale perfect for his medium of choice. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 Luke Combs has the kind of rich, deep powerhouse voice perfect for a rowdy late-night roadhouse, which also served him well in grabbing the attention of fans early in the evening during his hour-long opening set. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blake Shelton may have gone Hollywood, but he shows at Summerfest that he's still country," 6 July 2018 Trick of the trade: Reiman perfects skin with Clé de Peau's concealer and a mix of Dinair and Temptu airbrush foundations. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Prep Squad: Bridal Hair & Makeup," 20 Nov. 2013 Home to the famous 17-Mile Drive, the picture-perfect Highway 1, and, of course, Big Sur, the area certainly has no shortage of epic drives and rides. Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018

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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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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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