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

Lighter versions are perfect for a sunny day and heavier options give you a little warmth on chillier nights. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "The Knit Tank Is The Top Of The Summer, Here's Where to Snag One," 1 July 2019 Target Target is running some massive discounts that are perfect for summer. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The best Fourth of July sales you can shop this week," 1 July 2019 In the early part of the season, Ailes’s primary victim is Laurie Luhn, played by Annabelle Wallis, whose casting is especially perfect for her adherence to the precise type of blond beauty standard favored on-air at the network. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News," 30 June 2019 Madeleine Koestner, a consultant who commutes to New York City from New Jersey, said Google’s new service is perfect for her. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Jam-Packed Will My Train Be? Google Says It Has the Answer," 27 June 2019 The mount is perfect for sitting on a flat surface or attaching to a wall. Dallas News, "The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery works with no wires at all," 27 June 2019 This two-pack is perfect for anyone who wants to use one as a wet makeup brush holder and one as, well, a pool noodle. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Viral Hack Uses a Pool Noodle to Dry Makeup Brushes Without Misshaping the Bristles," 27 June 2019 If a classic margarita on the rocks with salt is undeniably perfect for you, then this watermelon version will exceed all your notions of cocktail perfection. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "56 Recipes for 4th of July Cocktails, Drinks, and Slushies (and Definitely Frosé)," 26 June 2019 Our second stage is perfect for 5000 to 20,000 people. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Former Trucking Mogul Talks Entering the Concert Biz and Landing The Rolling Stones' Only Canadian Gig," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The line allegedly took Kardashian-West 15 years to perfect. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "The perfect timing and iffy branding of Kim Kardashian’s “Kimono” shapewear," 26 June 2019 Nowhere is this artful collaboration more apparent than in the crystal net and chain-link pieces Dossena and company turn out season after season, each a feat of engineering that takes weeks to perfect. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Magical Making of Paco Rabanne’s 144-Hour Crystal Dress," 12 Mar. 2019 But western gear is fully trending for 2019 and perfect for a bluegrass music fest. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Be patient, because your bookshelf could take months to perfect. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Want an Instagram-Worthy Rainbow Bookshelf? Here's How to Actually Do It," 24 July 2018 The Nemrs have been remodeling and decorating the restaurant for the past six months--taking their time to perfect the psychedelic atmosphere that would make the restaurant's 1970s comedy duo namesakes proud. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Cheese & Chong's to offer psychedelic mac and cheese in Akron," 20 Feb. 2018 Steve Serbalik, a lawyer who represents police officers accused of misconduct, said officers aren't always perfect in their decisions. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 At Auburn, though, Brown became known as the guy who would be in the gym, perfecting his shot. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Bryce Brown is changing who he was at Auburn in hopes of making it in NBA," 19 June 2019 Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, Jackson spent many years perfecting the craft of wooing women with his charm. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Longtime Scammer Broke Hearts And Drained Bank Accounts," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But long live wine country —Know what to look for to find a great rosé —Canned wines are on the rise and perfect for this summer. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019 Of their anger and shame about the rats and typhoid fever likely from those encampments that have now scratched their way into a downtown police station, our own postcard-perfect City Hall and even our international reputation. Nita Lelyveld, latimes.com, "Homelessness crisis makes us ashamed and angry — at our leaders, and ourselves," 6 June 2019 Shadycroft Drive is absolutely picture-perfect, surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and backing to the High Line Canal. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Located in Littleton, 395 Shadycroft Drive is a charming, dream-like estate," 6 June 2019 Her snappy patter notwithstanding, Newbury is a complex character as well, revealing a more human side in her relationship with low-key husband Walter Lovell (a letter-perfect John Lithgow), an individual who is honest with her no matter what. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 4 June 2019 Shop Amal's Sunshine Yellow Crochet Dress Clooney's glam was just as picture-perfect as her outfit. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney's Boho Chic Airport Style Has Us Ready for Summer," 14 May 2019 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

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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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