- 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.
- of or noting the consonances of unison, octave, and fifth, as distinguished from those of the third and sixth. Compare imperfect (def. 6).
- of or noting 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)
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perfectperfect , prefect
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Example sentences from the Web for perfect
However, many other hospitals in other parts of Virginia, including the 11 Sentara hospital group hospitals, received perfect 100 percent scores, the report shows.HRC examines hospital policies, impact of COVID on LGBTQ people|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
Seven years after its founding, Snowflake had perfected an amazing new way to run databases on cloud servers, but it was struggling to attract enough big corporate customers.Meet Snowflake, one of the buzziest tech IPOs ever|Aaron Pressman|September 15, 2020|Fortune
So, having that public accountability, about what they think — and no one’s gonna be perfect on it — helps a lot.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
Oddly enough, it’s a perfect time to offer this, and I think it answers a demand, which is beauty brands by women of color.Kimora Lee Simmons Talks Baby Phat Beauty And Self-Care|Hope Wright|September 11, 2020|Essence.com
Big Pharma is far from perfect—for example, there may be outlier companies that have charged rapacious prices on drugs.On COVID-19 vaccines, Big Pharma knows to just say ‘no’|matthewheimer|September 11, 2020|Fortune
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|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In our headlong quest for a legally perfect society, we don’t take the time to take stock of what‘s been created so far.
The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence|Henry James
In the most perfect stillness, we arrived within two hundred paces of the enemy's camp.
But if the Bible was written by men, some of them more or less inspired, then it would not, in all probability be wholly perfect.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Even genius, however, needs direction and adjustment to secure the most perfect and reliable results.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
We stood staring after the fugitives in perfect bewilderment, totally unable to explain their apparently causeless panic.
British Dictionary definitions for perfect
- (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