- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of perfect
Synonyms for perfect
Related Words for perfectsplendid, foolproof, superb, ideal, pure, excellent, impeccable, simple, flawless, full, precise, appropriate, proper, suitable, exact, true, hone, accomplish, develop, refine
Examples from the Web for perfect
Contemporary Examples of 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
The Daily Beast Video
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
Historical Examples of perfect
For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.
Pericles had not visited his son since his return to perfect consciousness.
His senses breathed the air of her perfect and compelling femininity.
Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.
No one who listened to her could doubt her perfect truthfulness and integrity.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- (of flowers) having functional stamens and pistils
- (of plants) having all parts present
- 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)
- the perfect tense
- a verb in this tense
verb (pəˈfɛkt) (tr)
Word Origin 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.