- 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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Example sentences from the Web for perfect
He says he has perfected the method to reduce the risk of falling ill.
It is perfected over many incarnations until it is transformed into pure divine love in its highest expression.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Simmons has perfected what you might call the exposé-as-apologia.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?|Steve Almond|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, with this Instagram stunt, she seems to have perfected the art of crisis management.
In other words, she may have just perfected the art of crisis management.
I'd rather settle on the water; at least, until some gigantic system of irrigation is perfected in the West.While the Billy Boils|Henry Lawson
My time for action had now arrived; my plans had been perfected and I resolved to act at once.The Spy of the Rebellion|Allan Pinkerton
Their origin seems to have been perfectly natural, but the systems themselves must have been perfected very slowly.The Number Concept|Levi Leonard Conant
The lover sees, divines what the artist can only guess at, and the artist offers to the lover a perfected technique.The Beauty|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
If J. Rufus should "lay down on them" before the covering machine was perfected, they were in a bad case.Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford|George Randolph Chester
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