- conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
- excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement: There is no perfect legal code. The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
- exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
- entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
- accurate, exact, or correct in every detail: a perfect copy.
- thorough; complete; utter: perfect strangers.
- pure or unmixed: perfect yellow.
- unqualified; absolute: He has perfect control over his followers.
- expert; accomplished; proficient: She will need a perfect driving teacher.
- unmitigated; out-and-out; of an extreme degree: He made a perfect fool of himself.
- having all parts or members present.
- noting an action or state brought to a close prior to some temporal point of reference, in contrast to imperfect or incomplete action.
- designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
- applied to the consonances of unison, octave, and fifth, as distinguished from those of the third and sixth, which are called imperfect.
- applied to the intervals, harmonic or melodic, of an octave, fifth, and fourth in their normal form, as opposed to augmented and diminished.
- Mathematics. (of a set) equal to its set of accumulation points.
- Obsolete. assured or certain.
- to bring to completion; finish.
- to bring to perfection; make flawless or faultless: He has succeeded in perfecting his recipe for chicken Kiev.
- to bring nearer to perfection; improve; make better: She works hard to perfect her writing.
- to make fully skilled.
- Printing. to print the reverse of (a printed sheet).
Origin of perfect
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Examples from the Web for perfect
Estee Lauder has not crumbled to dust because the perfect brown face of Joan Smalls represents it.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
The Perfect Storm writer talks combat brotherhood and the threat posed by growing wealth inequality.Sebastian Junger on War, Loss, and a Divided America
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January 1, 2015
So perfect that we wonder if we should risk ruining it by asking for yet another take.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
The Oscar-winning actress put nude photo thieves in their place with one perfect statement.Jennifer Lawrence’s Righteous Fury Says Everything We Wanted to Say
December 29, 2014
It was also the most shocking revelation of 2014: Beyoncé Knowles is not perfect.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014
December 27, 2014
Pericles had not visited his son since his return to perfect consciousness.
For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.
Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.
His senses breathed the air of her perfect and compelling femininity.
No one who listened to her could doubt her perfect truthfulness and integrity.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- having all essential elements
- unblemished; faultlessa perfect gemstone
- correct or preciseperfect timing
- utter or absolutea perfect stranger
- excellent in all respectsa perfect day
- maths exactly divisible into equal integral or polynomial roots36 is a perfect square
- (of flowers) having functional stamens and pistils
- (of plants) having all parts present
- grammar denoting a tense of verbs used in describing an action that has been completed by the subject. In English this is a compound tense, formed with have or has plus the past participle
- of or relating to the intervals of the unison, fourth, fifth, and octave
- Also: full, final(of a cadence) ending on the tonic chord, giving a feeling of conclusionCompare imperfect (def. 6)
- archaic positive certain, or assured
- the perfect tense
- a verb in this tense
- to make perfect; improve to one's satisfactionhe is in Paris to perfect his French
- to make fully accomplished
- printing to print the reverse side of (a printed sheet of paper)
Word Origin and History for perfect
early 15c. alteration of Middle English parfit (c.1300), from Old French parfit "finished, completed, ready" (11c.), from Latin perfectus "completed, excellent, accomplished, exquisite," past participle of perficere "accomplish, finish, complete," from per- "completely" (see per) + facere "to perform" (see factitious). Often used in English as an intensive (perfect stranger, etc.).
"to bring to full development," late 14c., parfiten, from perfect (adj.). Related: Perfected; perfecting.