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
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It takes Sharp four hours to get into character: “I take joy in the mathematical, symmetrical precision and perfectness of Bach.”
The canker eat into the rose—soiled and marred its perfectness—chipped and wasted its beauty—but could not destroy its perfume!
The very conception of the beauty and perfectness of the fruits of the Spirit might discourage us if our time were limited.Our Lady Saint Mary | J. G. H. Barry
Finally the burnisher is brought into play alternately with the graver and point to give perfectness and finish.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Above all these things, put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon | Alexander Maclaren
You have to live with them in the fool's paradise of perfectness, or you are made to feel yourself an unmitigated brute.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2) | Eliza Lynn Linton
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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