- 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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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perfectperfect , prefect
Example sentences from the Web for perfect
Both as pioneer and perfecter and as great original composer I have sought roughly to place him.Haydn|John F. Runciman
Is the joy of heaven no perfecter in itself, but that it needs the sourness of this life to give it a taste?Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions|John Donne
And the perfecter any is, the more he is like-minded unto God.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Many expositors think the words which we have rendered Leader and Perfecter refer to Christs own faith.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
To say that Beethoven was the perfecter of the sonata is true, but it is scarcely the whole truth.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
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