perfect

adjective
per·​fect | \ˈpər-fikt \

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

b : contented, satisfied

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 \
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 \

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 \ 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

Frank, in particular, is a pitch-perfect sketch of a certain kind of male neediness. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s F Is for Family examines the dark core of the angry sitcom dad," 2 Dec. 2018 News of their separation shocked and devastated the celebrity-loving world, as the breakups of seemingly-perfect famous couples tend to do. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Was Spotted Engaging in PDA with a New Guy This Weekend," 28 Oct. 2018 Pippa happened to coordinate with mother-of-the-bride Sarah Ferguson, who donned a wrap dress in the fall-perfect shade of dark green. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Arrived 9 Months Pregnant to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Lean on butter and radishes to turn plain ol' saltines into a picture-perfect party snack. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Saltines with Butter and Radishes," 16 Aug. 2018 The models weren’t perfect, the study acknowledges: the simulations didn’t quite capture Hurricane Maria’s track, or the rapid intensifications of Katrina, Maria, and Irma. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How humans are transforming the hurricanes of the future," 14 Nov. 2018 It would be called Miami Freedom Park, and the name is perfect. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Let voters decide! Why Beckham group's soccer stadium plan deserves to be on ballot," 9 July 2018 Hike: Your footwear should be perfect — just the right hiking boot, insole and sock. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Tom Stienstra’s 10 must-dos when you head outdoors for vacation," 2 July 2018 Floating along the lazy Russian River in an inner tube accessorized with an inflatable pink flamingo cooler is a perfect way to while away the summer. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The look is super easy to pull off and perfect for twirling! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 These little Muji gel pens are amazing to write with, and perfect for doodling. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "What Filmmaker and Pro-Climber Jimmy Chin Keeps in his Pack," 16 Oct. 2018 Made from ultra-thin, flexible, BPA-free polymers, these glasses are shatterproof, reusable, recyclable, made in the U.S. and perfect for occasions when proper stemware isn’t possible (i.e. travel, poolside). Stephanie Miskew, Fox News, "6 holiday gifts for the wine lover who has everything," 8 Dec. 2015 Skin care startups are also keen on using AI to perfect and develop personalized beauty products. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 2018 Purification represented humans striving to perfect the soul. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 The company debuted its sleek uniforms in 2015, after working with its staff to perfect the designs. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 For generations, architects like Michelle Kaufmann have embarked on quests to perfect these building systems. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 The actual Pumpkin Spice Latte took Starbucks around three months to perfect, but Megan's felt toy recreation was no easy feat, and has been in the works for over a year. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Felt Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Nearly Identical To the Real Thing," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are built to be played and replayed as the player seeks the perfect, most thrilling, most ridiculous kill. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Shopping List: The key to this outfit is getting jeans with a butt pocket perfect for bae's hand (kidding...kind of). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "How to Get Lara Jean's Adorable Style from "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" for Cheap," 28 Aug. 2018 Chef and food writer Robin Miller makes pepperoni pizza cups, a treat perfect for watching TV. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Have a date with Netflix? Easy, healthy finger food recipes to get you through binge-worthy shows," 11 Apr. 2018 This aesthetic is especially robust in the northernmost reaches of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, where mirror-perfect lakes dot lush forests and wildlife abounds. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "You Can Stay in an Architect's Dreamy Adirondack-Inspired Lake Cabin," 28 Nov. 2017 While at Wimbledon today, July 14, Emma once again slayed the outfit game with an ensemble perfect for summer. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson Wears White Three-Piece Suit at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 Less than 15 minutes after his goal, Messi found Gonzalo Higuain with an inch-perfect through ball but the striker was unable to capitalise, seeing his shot saved by Uzoho. SI.com, "Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Late Show By Rojo Sees La Albiceleste Sneak Into Knockout Stages of World Cup," 26 June 2018 In its new spot, which formerly housed a deli, Kobalt will keep the same bright and open layout with an extended patio perfect for trivia nights, owner Jeff Perales said. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Kobalt nightclub closes Saturday; new Park Central Mall location opens soon," 29 June 2018 Thanks to her win, Zsa Zsa will go home with her title and a $1,500 prize, perfect for buying lots of treats and maybe a fancy new collar and leash to befit her royal status. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "English Bulldog Wins 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Competition," 24 June 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 \

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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \ noun

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