Definitions for perfectˈpɜr fɪkt; pərˈfɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•fect*ˈpɜr fɪkt; pərˈfɛkt(adj., n.; v.; adj.)

  1. conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type:

    a perfect gentleman.

  2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement.

  3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose:

    the perfect actor for the part.

  4. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings:

    a perfect apple.

  5. accurate, exact, or correct in every detail:

    a perfect copy.

  6. thorough; complete; utter:

    perfect strangers.

  7. unqualified; absolute:

    perfect control.

  8. expert; accomplished; proficient.

  9. unmitigated:

    a perfect fool.

  10. Category: Botany

    Ref: monoclinous.

  11. of or designating a verb tense, aspect, or form typically indicating an action or state extending up to, or having results continuing up to, the present or some other temporal point of reference. of or designating a verb tense, as in Greek, indicating an action or state brought to a close prior to some temporal point of reference, in contrast to imperfect or incomplete action.

    Category: Grammar

  12. pertaining to or being the consonant musical intervals of an octave, fifth, or fourth.

    Category: Music and Dance

  13. Obs. assured or certain.

  14. (v.t.)to bring to perfection; make flawless or faultless.

  15. to bring nearer to perfection; improve.

  16. to bring to completion; finish.

  17. (n.)the perfect tense or aspect.

    Category: Grammar

  18. a verb form or construction in the perfect tense or aspect.

    Category: Grammar

* Usage: Some usage guides still object to the use of such comparative terms as most, more, and rather with perfect on the grounds that perfect describes an absolute condition that cannot exist in degrees. The English language has never agreed to this limitation. perfect has been compared since its earliest use, first in the obsolete forms perfecter and perfectest and later with more, most, and similar words, in most of its general senses in all varieties of speech and writing: the most perfect arrangement imaginable. One of the objectives of the writers of the U.S. Constitution was “to form a more perfect union.” See also complete, unique.

Origin of perfect:

1250–1300; late ME; ME perfit, parfit < OF < L perfectus, ptp. of perficere to finish, bring to completion =per-per - +-ficere, comb. form of facere to make, do1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. perfective, perfective tense, perfect, perfect tense(adj)

    a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)

  2. perfect(adj)

    being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

    "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"

  3. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulterated(adj)

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  4. perfect(verb)

    precisely accurate or exact

    "perfect timing"

  5. perfect, hone(verb)

    make perfect or complete

    "perfect your French in Paris!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perfect(adjective)ˈpɜr fɪkt; v. pərˈfɛkt

    without any mistakes, completely correct

    Your handwriting should be perfect.; This dress is a perfect fit.

  2. perfectˈpɜr fɪkt; v. pərˈfɛkt

    the best or most appropriate

    She'd be perfect for the job.; This is a perfect example of how to do it.

  3. perfect(verb)ˈpɜr fɪkt; v. pərˈfɛkt

    to make perfect

    I'm trying to perfect my English accent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perfect(adj)

    brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct

  2. Perfect(adj)

    well informed; certain; sure

  3. Perfect(adj)

    hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower

  4. Perfect(noun)

    the perfect tense, or a form in that tense

  5. Perfect(adj)

    to make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind


  1. Perfect

    "Perfect" is the fourth and final single taken from Simple Plan's debut album No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls. The acoustic version of the song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 comedy film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen which stars Lindsay Lohan. The album version was featured in the game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.


  1. Perfect

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perfect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1858

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perfect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2150

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perfect' in Adjectives Frequency: #239

Translations for perfect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


without fault or flaw; excellent

a perfect day for a holiday; a perfect rose.

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