conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere;a perfect gentleman.
excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement: There is no perfect legal code.The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber;a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple;the perfect crime.
accurate, exact, or correct in every detail: a perfect copy.
pure or unmixed: perfect yellow.
unmitigated; out-and-out; of an extreme degree: He made a perfect fool of himself.
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.
Mathematics. (of a set) equal to its set of accumulation points.
Obsolete. assured or certain.
to bring nearer to perfection; improve; make better: She works hard to perfect her writing.
to make fully skilled.
Printing. to print the reverse of (a printed sheet).
- per·fect·ed·ly, adverb
- per·fect·er, noun
- per·fect·ness, noun
- non·per·fect·ed, adjective
- quasi-perfect, adjective
- qua·si-per·fect·ly, adverb
- self-per·fect·ing, adjective
- su·per·per·fect, adjective
- su·per·per·fect·ly, adverb
- un·per·fect, adjective
- un·per·fect·ed, adjective
- perfect , prefect
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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
having all essential elements
unblemished; faultless: a perfect gemstone
correct or precise: perfect timing
utter or absolute: a perfect stranger
excellent in all respects: a perfect day
maths exactly divisible into equal integral or polynomial roots: 36 is a perfect square
(of flowers) having functional stamens and pistils
(of plants) having all parts present
grammar denoting a tense of verbs used in describing an action that has been completed by the subject. In English this is a compound tense, formed with have or has plus the past participle
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 conclusion: Compare imperfect (def. 6)
archaic positive certain, or assured
the perfect tense
a verb in this tense
to make perfect; improve to one's satisfaction: he is in Paris to perfect his French
to make fully accomplished
printing to print the reverse side of (a printed sheet of paper)
- perfectness, noun
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