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3 not lacking any part or member that properly belongs to it
  • I have a perfect recollection of that conversation

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Synonyms & Antonyms of perfect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to bring (something) to a state where nothing remains to be done
  • perfected the arrangements for their long-awaited European vacation

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2 to make better
  • an art teacher who seems to believe that you can always perfect a painting with some additional brush strokes

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Frequently Asked Questions About perfect

How is the word perfect distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of perfect are entire, intact, and whole. While all these words 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

In what contexts can entire take the place of perfect?

In some situations, the words entire and perfect are roughly equivalent. However, entire implies perfection deriving from integrity, soundness, or completeness of a thing.

the entire Beethoven corpus

When is it sensible to use intact instead of perfect?

While in some cases nearly identical to perfect, intact implies retention of perfection of a thing in its natural or original state.

the boat survived the storm intact

When could whole be used to replace perfect?

While the synonyms whole and perfect are close in meaning, whole suggests a completeness or perfection that can be sought, gained, or regained.

felt like a whole person again after vacation

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The first known use of perfect was in the 14th century

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“Perfect.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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