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 How to pronounce perfect (audio) 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 perfect (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 Located on the River Walk, the hotel opened in April and is perfect for a downtown experience. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 8 June 2021 Resilience isn't about being perfect, and the good news for entrepreneurs is that it can be learned. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 8 June 2021 In a world that can feel increasingly divided and isolating, the timing of the installation, which Vilnius Gediminas Technical University spent the last five years developing, is perfect. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 Coronavirus vaccines have proven tremendously effective, but the record is not perfect. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 The Chips and Huskies decided that this elimination game would be perfect for a slugfest, each scattering crooked numbers across the scoreboard. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 This is also perfect for anyone with poor hand strength or dexterity. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 Nadal was not perfect Monday in his 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 win. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Allen would last three more pitches before giving way to DiPaola, who was perfect in the save situation. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rahm was close to perfect on the back nine, running off six birdies in an eight-hole stretch to turn a one-shot lead into a six-shot cushion, tying the Memorial record for largest 54-hole lead set by Woods in 2000. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2021 Rahm was close to perfect on the back nine, running off six birdies in an eight-hole stretch to turn a one-shot lead into a six-shot cushion, tying the Memorial record for largest 54-hole lead set by Woods in 2000. Dallas News, 6 June 2021 Rahm was close to perfect on the back nine, running off six birdies in an eight-hole stretch to turn a one-shot lead into a six-shot cushion, tying the Memorial record for largest 54-hole lead set by Woods in 2000. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2021 Instructors will be on hand at select times to help participants perfect their moves. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 The first-time mom, wife, and former television news reporter in Baltimore says her life was close to perfect. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Tuttle-Trimnal believes her father was there helping perfect the use of night vision goggles. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 28 May 2021 The sale begins on May 24 and runs through June 1, during which time Dermstore will have an impressive lineup of brands discounted by up to 20 perfect off. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 22 May 2021 Luke and Caroline are the modern demonstration of the Jockey brand which made the partnership perfect. Paul Jankowski, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The walking trail is ADA accessible and ends in a dock perfect for birdwatching and observing the sea life, or just taking in the views of Rumstick Point across the Warren River, and in the distance across the bay, Rocky Point State Park in Warwick. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Kevin, obsessed with making every wedding detail perfect, nicknames himself Groomzilla. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 In other words: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Apr. 2021 While $100-$200 boosters are common, a $30 plug-in option can still offer a universally compatible add-on perfect for homes in the sub-1200 square feet category. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 Most scholars of political transitions will tell you that successful transformations have one thing in common: Their leaders do not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2020 House Democrats would need to stop allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good and agree to a compromise that can pass the Senate. Michael R. Strain, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 The only thing that might have made this tale perfect: a toilet in my treehouse, to avoid any middle-of-the-night wanderings through the forest. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2020 In the 2017 GameSoundCon Game Audio Industry Survey, women game composers and sound designers made up just 12.7 perfect of the industry (earning just 83 percent of what men in the same roles do). Dia Lacina, Wired, 5 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of perfect was in the 14th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Perfect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfect. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 perfect (audio) \ noun

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