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

Having mobile plants would be perfect for people (like myself) who have homes full of succulents, but need to move them about so they don’t get burned during heatwaves. James Vincent, The Verge, "This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head," 12 July 2018 Vin Scully wasn’t perfect, and nobody who ever put their mouth behind a mic was closer to it. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Grant and Orsillo offer welcome frivolity in Padres’ TV booth," 14 July 2018 Others are perfect, including the 1936 Alma trailer tucked away in a barn in 1955. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 No ratings system is perfect, and Leapfrog isn't the only program U of L Hospital uses as a benchmark. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville Hospital says it's on mend minus KentuckyOne," 5 July 2018 The Bears’ primary uniforms are pretty much perfect, so alternates are completely unnecessary. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Every NFL team's best alternate uniform, ranked," 3 July 2018 All is not perfect at Gurnee Mills, however, as the mall lost its Toys R Us store last week as part of a nationwide chain closure and awaits the closing of its 225,000-square-foot Sears store, which has already started a going out of business sale. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Gurnee Mills outlot in 'highly important' location springs back to life," 2 July 2018 The 46-liter capacity is perfect for international travel, and the side compression straps allow me to adjust the bag to different amounts of gear. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ross, who served in the Air Force, perfected the compellingly simple technique that art fans say is part of his appeal. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 The two perfected the back-shoulder throw, on which Nelson scored so many of his touchdowns. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2018 Busts: Will Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt Meet Expectations?," 3 July 2018 Unfortunately, even this reliable burger joint couldn’t perfect the black bean patty. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s veggie burgers: Eating your vegetables never tasted this good," 3 July 2018 Nine Maryland programs achieved perfected single-year Academic Progress Rates for the 2016-17 academic year. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Five things to know about new Maryland athletic director Damon Evans," 26 June 2018 Through observation and experimentation, things like kayaks were perfected. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Museum takes a broad look at northern life in ‘North: Finding Place in Alaska’," 10 June 2018 They were enjoyed by early settlers but not perfected in the US. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enjoy sunflowers almost any time of the year," 6 June 2018 George Lawrence later perfected a method of taking panoramas from above by strapping large-format cameras with curved film plates to kites. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Aerial Photography Has Changed the World. Drones Are Just the Latest Example," 30 May 2018 To create the look, Johnson first perfects Kardashian West’s skin with foundation, before applying gray eye shadow. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Transforms Into Princess Jasmine in New Tutorial - and North West Isn't Buying It!," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Words come out the other side clean and tone-perfect. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 The bands hug your foot and make the shoe perfect for throwing on in a hurry, but stable enough for an impromptu hike. Outside Online, "The Best Travel Shoes of 2018," 15 May 2018 This isn’t the first time Middleton appeared looking picture-perfect after giving birth. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out With Their New Royal Baby Boy," 23 Apr. 2018 From a pure passer (standpoint); being under center; three-, five-, seven-step drop; the most artistic, picture-perfect, pure passing quarterback is Josh Rosen. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft while Bears enjoy the view," 13 Apr. 2018 The press-in-the-pan piecrust is truly no-fuss, sporting a crumblier texture but perfect for the creamy filling. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Revolving door' of summer visitors calls for special food," 19 May 2018 Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "In the Heart of Louisiana, One Man’s Impossibly Ornate Home," 8 May 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 \

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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