- 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.
Origin of perfect
usage note for perfect
OTHER WORDS FROM perfect
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perfectperfect , prefect
How to use perfect in a sentence
George makes a good case that Glenn was heroic without being perfect.
Talib’s audition was not perfect, yet there was enough for Ullman to see “something there was different.”Inside Aqib Talib’s ‘raw’ but ‘real’ NFL announcing debut|Les Carpenter|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
In a perfect Voronoi mosaic of hexagons in a flat plane, each cell would have six vertices.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology|Joshua Sokol|November 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Joy’s words and Holmes’s art are a perfect pairing where the verse is as vivid as the paints and collage.Best children’s books of 2020 reveal a growing diversity|Christina Barron, Mary Quattlebaum, Abby McGanney Nolan, Kathie Meizner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Inverting historical tropes and archetypes, the story offers comedy and catharsis, and ends with a happily-ever-after so perfect it will make you return immediately to page one.
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.
Surely therefore to him belongs the credit of having invented and perfected the tubular boiler and surface condenser.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
An invention is reduced to practice when it is so far perfected that it may be put into practical and successful use.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Johnnie Bones prepared the papers for the incorporation of the new railroad, and the organization was perfected.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
The year, however, closed before the negociations commenced were perfected.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Without difficulty Clifford perfected the title to his homestead before the land officers.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral|John Dunloe Carteret
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