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

Scrolling through Instagram can be like watching a parade of literally picture-perfect moments. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Instagram Campaign Wants to Change How We Use Social Media," 2 May 2019 Self-driving cars and driver assist systems are not created equal and are not perfect, and that increases risk, something insurance companies want to avoid. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 In keeping with her vocation, throughout the house McWilliams contrasted the period-perfect architecture with blue-chip contemporary art. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 Down the road, a planned station like the Lunar Gateway could be the perfect place for such follow ups. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The First Results From NASA's Historic Twin Study Are Here," 11 Apr. 2019 The perfect place to find internship and job interview staples. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Henning Delivers Plus-Size Workwear With a Lot of Style," 15 Mar. 2019 Plus, the nearby natural hot springs is a perfect place to soothe sore muscles after a ski day. 2. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 Drink and Snack With A View at Luna Luna, the romantic rooftop bar at the Rosewood Hotel, makes for a perfect place to ease the evening in. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Dubai, the home airport of Emirates Airline, is a perfect stopping-off place for travelers between Asia and Western Europe and North America. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The brick red shade is almost burgundy and perfect for the girl who likes a red lip, but not too bold. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "This New Beauty Brand Named Its Lipsticks After Iconic Black Women," 26 Apr. 2019 For most of the game, though, the focus is on navigating increasingly long levels and perfecting your score rather than working toward the next guffaw-worthy moment. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 Having the latest features Cars are changing quickly and there is a race to see which automaker can perfect new safety features and creature comforts. Jerry Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Leasing: Recommended option for senior citizens," 19 May 2018 The skin was perfected—bright and pearlescent—the lips were kept au natural, and the final result was raw but romantic at the same time. Monica Kim, Vogue, "American Punk Meets Pretty Parisienne: A Look at Altuzarra’s New Beauty Rules," 2 Mar. 2019 On Marie, DiStasio used the Farsali rose gold elixir to hydrate her skin and Benefit POREfessional to reduce the look of her pores before perfecting it with the Era Beauty foundation and Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix & Scheana Marie Transform Their Hair to Celebrate Their Friendship," 6 Mar. 2018 From there, the creation process is all about narrowing down and perfecting their designs. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's How Egg Collective Designs Their Stunning Live Metal Furniture," 1 Feb. 2019 Hosting an over-the-top party is an art the one percent has been perfecting since time immemorial. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "The New Breed of Birthday Celebration? Lavish International Parties," 30 Nov. 2018 From learning hairstyles to teaching hairstyles Wickherst kept perfecting his styling skills with his daughter, Izzy, who's now 6. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Single father known as 'The Hair Dad' uses viral fame to help other dads and daughters," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Total Expert Score: 84/100 | Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher A truly pocketable point-and-shoot perfect for staying connected while traveling. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019 The Instagram announcing their engagement is pretty picture-perfect, from Rodriguez’s boyish grin to Lopez’s surprised gasp, all illuminated by the warm glow of the sky behind them. Vogue, "There’s a Reason Why Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s Engagement Instagram Was So Perfect," 17 Apr. 2019 Fit: The nation’s leading passer last year, Rudolph, like Falk, ran into some adversity against the defenses that were athletic enough to neutralize the advantages of a wide-open offense and forced him to be letter-perfect with every throw. Eric Single, SI.com, "Breaking Down Peter King's NFL Draft Destinations for 2017's Top QBs," 20 Feb. 2018 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

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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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