- 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
Examples from the Web for perfected
Contemporary Examples of perfected
He says he has perfected the method to reduce the risk of falling ill.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
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
September 29, 2014
Simmons has perfected what you might call the exposé-as-apologia.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of perfected
I'd rather settle on the water; at least, until some gigantic system of irrigation is perfected in the West.While the Billy Boils
My time for action had now arrived; my plans had been perfected and I resolved to act at once.The Spy of the Rebellion
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
- (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.