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
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 Tucker connected on all three of his field-goal attempts and was a perfect 2-for-2 in extra points. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: Week 2 Sunday Superlatives," 16 Sep. 2019 No need to worry, the bracelet is equal parts fabulous and functional, perfect for the modern woman. James Love, Essence, "Lagos Launches A Stunning Second Generation of Smart Caviar Bracelets," 16 Sep. 2019 Our venue and the downtown Ballpark District offer the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude and further establishes Petco Park as the premier entertainment destination in Southern California. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "KAABOO Festival Moving to San Diego's Petco Park in 2020," 15 Sep. 2019 Jetro Willems' stunning strike gave the visiting side a shock lead inside the opening 10 minutes, before a Sadio Mane brace and Mo Salah's second-half goal ensured Liverpool maintained its perfect start to the season. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool battles back against Newcastle to maintain perfect start to the season," 14 Sep. 2019 Having very few thorns makes medium-pink Climbing Pinkie the perfect rose to train on columns, trellises and arbors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 Crusty table bread was perfect for a dive into the olive-oil dip. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Murano keeps Italian focus in sleek restaurant setting (review, photos)," 12 Sep. 2019 Her bouncy, 1950s pincurls are perfect for mid-length hair, but shorter and longer lengths can do variations too. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "18 Easy Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hairstyle," 11 Sep. 2019 The period details and modern updates combine to create the perfect setting for modern-day living. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Welcome to Piedmont," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What has become the default version, in which hell will endure forever as an abscess of unredeemed evil in a cosmos otherwise perfected and glorified, may be flatter than a close reading of the Greek can support. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "The Eternal Debate over the Nature of Hell," 12 Sep. 2019 Harris has lost no time, though, in perfecting Patriot-speak. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots rookie Damien Harris’s training camp journey," 7 Sep. 2019 This Nordy sale exclusive bundles the luxe beauty brand's most popular complexion-perfecting goods: a travel-sized trio of foundation primer, translucent setting powder with matching velour puff, and secret under-eye brightening powder. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "The 29 Nordstrom Sale Finds Readers Are Obsessed With," 25 July 2019 Randall, 30, has spent much of the last decade perfecting her sound. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "The EDM industry tends to be male-centric. Here’s how Baltimore’s female DJs are trying to combat that.," 7 Aug. 2019 Breeders are keen to sell their wares so that the long years spent perfecting a specimen begin to pay for themselves. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019 Pelosi has spent more than 30 years perfecting an inside game to secure wins for her party, most notably the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Mike Debonis, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi’s isolation gambit leaves four liberals, including Ayanna Pressley, struggling," 11 July 2019 And it’s widely seen as gaining a lead in applying artificial intelligence as a means of social control — combining the visual data gathered by its flotilla of CCTV cameras with software to perfect facial recognition, for example. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "The internet promised us a world without borders. Ooops," 24 July 2019 Breaking the tasks into smaller parts allows her to attempt and perfect them independently. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz at Work, "Bon Appétit’s Gourmet Makes is a great way to learn how to be productive at work," 27 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This style comes in so many versions, though, that you're bound to find one perfect for you. Redbook, "Audrey's Outfit of the Day: Classic Sunglasses that Work on Everyone," 21 June 2011 There was the playroom off the master bedroom — with a tent perfect for a play date — and the bedroom down the hall with twin beds and a cute toy sailboat. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "In Greater Boston, home staging gone wild," 8 Sep. 2019 The lower level provides office space, a large family room and a separate private living space with a sitting area, a bedroom, and a full bathroom perfect for extended family or friends. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Historic Gold Coast beauty in Alameda," 2 Sep. 2019 The sparkling elderflower lemonade recipe below from our sister publication My Recipes is a bright, floral drink perfect for toasting not only the royal couple but also the first day of spring. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "This Elderflower Lemonade Cocktail Mimics the Flavors of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Cake," 20 Mar. 2018 Another picture perfect late July day with plenty of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures rising to the low 90s this afternoon. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Turning warmer this weekend," 26 July 2019 The small dining room features chic antique touches throughout, as well as an intimate bar perfect for enjoying a specialty cocktail. al, "Take a culinary tour of the world in Crestline Village," 22 Aug. 2019 Each component is tender and perfect: Fried ripe plantains provide the same satisfying crisp-squishy bite as pot stickers. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Alamar’s seafood brings us back to our home shores," 26 July 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "Video of jogging humanoid robot scares internet," 14 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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perfect

adjective
How to pronounce perfect (audio)

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
How to pronounce perfect (audio)

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
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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