- 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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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
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 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the second part, he discusses traditionalism; and here again we find ourselves in perfect agreement with all his positions.
It was a perfect lagoon island, consisting of a circle of land of a light clay colour, the lagoon of a beautiful blue tint.The Cruise of the Dainty|William H. G. Kingston
The most perfect arrangement can be obtained by getting a watchmaker to drill a fine hole through a piece of sheet metal.Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition|Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie
He was a perfect mountain of a fellow, six and a half feet if he was an inch, with shoulders on him like a shorthorn bull.Greenmantle|John Buchan
The production of a kind of poetry is perfect when the form peculiar to its kind has been used in the best way.The Aesthetical Essays|Friedrich Schiller
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