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

Choose the Right Synonym for perfect

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

Third, Alcantara is just 2.3 degrees south of the equator, a near-perfect placement for slinging satellites into equatorial or polar orbits. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 After years spent as a home stylist for countless magazine shoots, catalogs, ad campaigns and more, Eddie Ross knows a thing or two about creating a picture-perfect bedroom. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Professional Set Stylist Makes the Perfect Bed," 21 Feb. 2019 But then again, nobody is perfect, even therapists. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "Here's What Sex Therapists Really Think About Netflix's 'Sex Education'," 28 Jan. 2019 Wordless picture books captivate imaginations and rely on pitch-perfect illustrations to great effect. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The longer bristles at the tip reach into corners while the shorter ones on the sides are perfect for walls and floors. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "This $7 Heavy Duty Grout Brush Will Send the Mildew in Your Bathroom Packing," 1 Mar. 2019 Of course, the standard modem + router setup isn't perfect for every home, especially larger ones prone to dead zones. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's the Day to Replace That Busted Router and Upgrade Your Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 The synth-y, pop-heavy songs create the perfect breakup mix that people everywhere will by jamming to for the rest of eternity. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Signs That Ariana Grande’s “Ghostin” Lyrics Are About Mac Miller and Pete Davidson," 8 Feb. 2019 But an Edible Arrangement is perfect for when cash would be both ideal and colossally inappropriate. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 For one of the older kids at the range, Andrew Bisson, 15, the outing was more than just perfecting his archery skills. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Gold star' kids learn from new military heroes," 9 June 2018 This job was the only end-game of all her fancy education, all the years spent learning multiple languages, studying religious texts, and perfecting her dancing skills. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018 The novelist was nominated for Best Adapted Long Form for the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, has perfected the art of writing prickly female protagonists all the way from Gone Girl’s Amy Elliott Dunne to Sharp Objects’s Camille Preaker. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the 2019 Writer's Guild Awards, Where the Winners Surprised and Delighted," 19 Feb. 2019 Beyerdynamic will have to nail this in the final retail product, much as Sony finally perfected the touch controls on its 1000X M3s. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beyerdynamic’s new wireless headphones put the LED lights where they belong: on the inside," 31 Aug. 2018 In the coming months, head coach Alan Koch and his players will hope to perfect it. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati at 2018 USL midway point: 'We haven't won anything yet'," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Luke Combs has the kind of rich, deep powerhouse voice perfect for a rowdy late-night roadhouse, which also served him well in grabbing the attention of fans early in the evening during his hour-long opening set. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blake Shelton may have gone Hollywood, but he shows at Summerfest that he's still country," 6 July 2018 Trick of the trade: Reiman perfects skin with Clé de Peau's concealer and a mix of Dinair and Temptu airbrush foundations. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Prep Squad: Bridal Hair & Makeup," 20 Nov. 2013

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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 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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