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 Instead, Busch was perfect on a pair of late restarts and won a two-lap sprint to the finish at Kansas Speedway, becoming the 10th different winner through the first 11 races of a topsy-turvy NASCAR Cup Series season. Dave Skretta, orlandosentinel.com, "Kyle Busch celebrates 36th birthday with NASCAR victory at Kansas Speedway," 2 May 2021 Lincoln was not perfect and Billy Frank Jr. never claimed moral infallibility, but in their public lives, these men moved the nation to higher ground. Arkansas Online, "Honoring a symbol of truth," 2 May 2021 This coconut and lavender-scented set is perfect for those with dry hair. Akili King, Vogue, "8 of the Best Waterless Hair Care Products to Start a More Sustainable Routine," 30 Apr. 2021 The translation from page to screen isn't always perfect, but sometimes a comic-book adaptation just sings. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Naomi actress perfectly recreates DC comic in first photo from Ava DuVernay's CW pilot," 30 Apr. 2021 But the fact that San Francisco went with the QB with the higher ceiling — and fooled everyone in the process — was perfect. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "The winners (49ers) and losers (Steelers) from the NFL draft first round," 30 Apr. 2021 The weather is perfect, the beaches are beautiful, and the clams, lobster rolls, and fresh seafood are at their best when eaten among ocean breezes. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Best Places to Travel in July," 30 Apr. 2021 Which is perfect, really, since creativity that feels like play is how the Story Pirates roll. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: El Cajon boy’s story about a band-eating shark inspires ‘Story Pirates’ podcast and album," 29 Apr. 2021 Reality: Plants are living things and aren’t perfect. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "Yes, nursery etiquette is a thing. Yes, there is a correct way to shop for a plant," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The time to perfect your estate plan and estate tax plan is NOW! Jeff Camarda, Forbes, "How To Beat Massive Estate & Income Tax Hikes," 15 Apr. 2021 The same goes for athletes, as taking the time to perfect your craft is a necessity. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Lacrosse Net," 29 Mar. 2021 American officials fear that North Korea would simply use more talks to buy time to perfect its nuclear capabilities. New York Times, "‘Power for Power’: North Korea Returns to a Show of Force," 24 Mar. 2021 That includes the burgers, which took time to perfect. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Vegan comfort food wizards are killing cravings all over town," 25 Nov. 2020 This is a great chance to define your brand voice and perfect your offer. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Simple Ways To Refresh A Company’s Image Without A Full Rebrand," 21 Apr. 2021 He and his growing team of 50 work closely with clients to perfect their Bentleys and deliver one-of-a-kind examples. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Silver or White? No way. More drivers are demanding customization," 3 Apr. 2021 In another room, employees wire and test and perfect the saber’s lighting effects. al, "Georgia business strives to make best lightsaber in the galaxy," 14 Mar. 2021 In Her Own Words on repeat to research the part and perfect the royal's accent. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Why Emma Corrin Is Done With 'Posh English' Roles After Playing Princess Diana," 31 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In other words: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. BostonGlobe.com, "10 ways to make your days easier starting now," 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, "Best WiFi booster: Always have internet no matter where you are," 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, "In Poland, Protests Over Abortion Ban Could Revolutionize Politics," 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, "Don't be fooled. The coronavirus economy still needs help.," 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, "Overnighting in Toledo’s magical new treehouse village, where the sounds of the forest come to life," 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, "The Women Who Invented Video Game Music," 5 Oct. 2020 The super-packable Dryzzle Jacket is a perfect for hiking, camping and adventuring in wet weather. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Labor Dale deals: North Face offering up to 30% off during end-of-summer sale," 29 Aug. 2020 Her judgment of character is pretty pitch-perfect, so her reaction is dead-on. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Gabrielle Union on how her baby daughter inspired her new children's book," 30 May 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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“Perfect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfect. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 perfect (audio) \ noun

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