A perfect avacado.
- The definition of perfect is someone or something that is excellent, correct and flawless.
- An example of perfect is a soft avocado without bruises.
- An example of perfect is a female singer who sings contralto, mezzo soprano and soprano.
- An example of perfect is right size allen wrench for the job.
- Perfect is defined as to complete something or sharpen one's skills.
An example of perfect is a gymnast achieving a landing without a slip up.
- complete in all respects; without defect or omission; sound; flawless
- in a condition of complete excellence, as in skill or quantity; faultless; most excellent; sometimes used comparatively: “to create a more perfect union”
- completely correct or accurate; exact; precise: a perfect copy
- without reserve or qualification; pure; utter; sheer; absolute: a perfect fool, perfect stranger
- designating a binding of books in which pages are glued to cloth or paper at the spine rather than having the signatures sewn together
- Bot. monoclinous
- Gram. expressing or showing a state reached or an action completed at the time of speaking or at the time indicated: verbs have three perfect tenses: simple (or present) perfect, past perfect (or pluperfect), and future perfect
- Music designating an interval of a unison, fourth, fifth, or octave
Origin of perfectMiddle English perfit from Old French parfit from Classical Latin perfectus, past participle of perficere, to finish from per-, through (see per-) + facere, to make, do: mod. spelling, spelled is Latinized
- to bring to completion
- to make perfect or more nearly perfect according to a given standard, as by training
- a perfect tense
- a verb form in a perfect tense
- 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.
- Capable of sexual reproduction. Used of fungi.
- 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.
- Grammar The perfect tense.
- A verb or verb form in the perfect tense.
transitive verbper·fect·ed, per·fect·ing, per·fects
Origin of perfectMiddle English perfit from Old French parfit from Latin perfectus past participle of perficere to finish per- per- facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The adjective perfect is often considered an absolute term like chief and prime; some maintain that it 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 US Constitution in the phrase “in order to form a more perfect Union” ). When perfect means “ideal for a purpose,” as in There could be no more perfect spot for the picnic, modification by degree is considered acceptable; in fact 74 percent of the Usage Panel approved this example in our 2004 survey. See Usage Note at absolute. See Usage Note at equal. See Usage Note at unique.
(comparative more perfect, superlative most perfect)
- Fitting its definition precisely.
- a perfect circle
- Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- That bucket with the hole in the bottom is a poor bucket, but it is perfect for watering plants.
- Without fault or mistake; thoroughly skilled or talented.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Excellent and delightful in all respects.
- a perfect day
- (grammar, of a tense or verb form) Representing a completed action.
- (biology) Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- (botany) Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- (analysis) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- (music) Describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones.
- (of a cocktail) Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- a perfect Manhattan; a perfect Rob Roy
- (grammar) The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
From Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit (modern: parfait), from Latin perfectus, perfect passive participle of perficere (“to finish"), from per- (“through, thorough") + facere (“to do, to make"). Spelling modified 15c. to conform Latin etymology.
(third-person singular simple present perfects, present participle perfecting, simple past and past participle perfected)
From perfect (adjective) or from Latin perfectus