- Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.
- Being without defect or blemish: a perfect specimen.
- Thoroughly skilled or talented in a certain field or area; proficient.
- Completely suited for a particular purpose or situation: She was the perfect actress for the part.
a. Completely corresponding to a description, standard, or type: a perfect circle; a perfect gentleman.
b. Accurately reproducing an original: a perfect copy of the painting.
- Complete; thorough; utter: a perfect fool.
- Pure; undiluted; unmixed: perfect red.
- Excellent and delightful in all respects: a perfect day.
- Botany Having both stamens and pistils in the same flower; monoclinous.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting a verb form expressing action completed prior to a fixed point of reference in time.
- Music Designating the three basic intervals of the octave, fourth, and fifth.
transitive verb (pər-fĕktˈ) per·fect·ed
- Grammar The perfect tense.
- A verb or verb form in the perfect tense.
To bring to perfection or completion.
Origin: Middle English perfit
Origin: , from Old French parfit
Origin: , from Latin perfectus
Origin: , past participle of perficere, to finish
Origin: : per-, per-
Origin: + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots
Related Forms: Usage Note:
Some people maintain that perfect
is an absolute term like chief
and therefore cannot be modified by more, quite, relatively,
and other qualifiers of degree. But the qualification of perfect
has many reputable precedents (most notably in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution in the phrase “in order to form a more perfect Union”
). By the same token, perfect
often means “ideal for the purposes,” as in There could be no more perfect spot for the picnic,
where modification by degree makes perfect sense. See Usage Notes at absolute