What does perfect mean?

Definitions for perfect
ˈpɜr fɪkt; pərˈfɛktper·fect

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word perfect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perfective, perfective tense, perfect, perfect tenseadjective

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

  2. perfectadjective

    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), unadulteratedadjective

    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. perfectverb

    precisely accurate or exact

    "perfect timing"

  5. perfect, honeverb

    make perfect or complete

    "perfect your French in Paris!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PERFECTadjective

    Etymology: perfectus, Lat. parfait, Fr.

    We count those things perfect, which want nothing requisite for the end, whereto they were instituted. Richard Hooker.

    Within a ken our army lies;
    Our men more perfect in the use of arms,
    Our armour all as strong, our cause the best;
    Then reason wills our hearts should be as good. William Shakespeare.

    Fair dame! I am not to you known,
    Though in your state of honour I am perfect. William Shakespeare.

    I do not take myself to be so perfect in the privileges of Bohemia, as to handle that part; and will not offer at that I cannot master. Francis Bacon.

    My parts, my title, and my perfect soul
    Shall manifest me rightly. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. Deutr. xviii.

    Thou art perfect then, our ship hath touch’d upon
    The deserts of Bohemia. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

  2. To Perfectverb

    Etymology: perfectus, from perficio, Latin; parfaire, French.

    If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John iv. 12.

    Beauty now must perfect my renown;
    With that I govern’d him that rules this isle. Edmund Waller.

    In substances rest not in the ordinary complex idea commonly received, but enquire into the nature and properties of the things themselves, and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species. John Locke.

    Endeavour not to settle too many habits at once, lest by variety you confound them, and so perfect none. John Locke.

    What toil did honest Curio take
    To get one medal wanting yet,
    And perfect all his Roman set? Matthew Prior.

    Her cause and yours
    I’ll perfect him withal, and he shall bring you
    Before the duke. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. Perfect

    Perfect is a song by English singer Anne-Marie from her 2018 album Speak Your Mind. It was remixed and retitled "Perfect to Me" when released as a single on 2 November 2018. Scoop.co.nz reported the release of the song in mid-October, before Anne-Marie officially announced it on 31 October.


  1. perfect

    Perfect can be defined as something that is flawless, without any faults or errors. It refers to a state or condition that is ideal, complete, and fully satisfying. Perfect can also denote a high degree of excellence or excellence that is beyond reproach.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perfectadjective

    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. Perfectadjective

    well informed; certain; sure

  3. Perfectadjective

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

  4. Perfectnoun

    the perfect tense, or a form in that tense

  5. Perfectadjective

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perfect

    pėr′fekt, adj. done thoroughly or completely: completed: without blemish, fault, or error: having neither too much nor too little: entire, very great: in the highest degree: possessing every moral excellence: completely skilled or acquainted: (gram.) expressing an act completed: (bot.) having both stamens and pistils, hermaphrodite.—v.t. (or per-fekt′) to make perfect: to finish: to teach fully, to make fully skilled in anything.—ns. Perfectā′tion (rare); Per′fecter; Perfect′i, a body of Catharists in the 12th and 13th centuries, of very strict lives; Perfectibil′ity, quality of being made perfect.—adj. Perfect′ible, that may be made perfect.—ns. Perfec′tion, state of being perfect: a perfect quality or acquirement: the highest state or degree; Perfec′tionism (or Perfectibil′ity), the belief that man in a state of grace may attain to a relative perfection or a state of living without sin in this life; Perfec′tionist, one who pretends to be perfect: one who thinks that moral perfection can be attained in this life: one of the Bible Communists or Free-lovers, a small American sect founded by J. H. Noyes (1811-86), which settled at Oneida in 1848, holding that the gospel if accepted secures freedom from sin.—adj. Perfect′ive, tending to make perfect.—advs. Perfect′ively, Per′fectly, in a perfect manner: completely: exactly: without fault.—n. Per′fectness, state or quality of being perfect: completeness: perfection: consummate excellence.—Perfect insect, the imago or completely developed form of an insect; Perfect metals (see Metal); Perfect number, a number equal to the sum of all its divisors, the number itself of course excepted, as 6 = 1 + 2 + 3, 28 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14. [Fr.,—L. perfectus, pa.p. of perficĕreper, thoroughly, facĕre, to do.]


  1. Perfect

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Editors Contribution

  1. perfectnoun

    1.) A persons own effective chemistry having complete control of what he or she made. 2.) Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. 3.) The math of a number that equals to the sum of its positive divisors; (example) just as the number 6, whose divisors (1,2,3) also add up to 6.

    The Broad Street is perfect below the Stone Walls under the Pearly Gates.

    Etymology: Kingdom of the Most High (Elyon)

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 2, 2023  

  2. perfect

    Having every complete element.

    Her body was perfect to her as she had every element of it that is essential for human life.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  2. Perfect

    Perfect vs. Prefect -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Perfect and Prefect.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Perfect is ranked #44957 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Perfect surname appeared 477 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Perfect.

    95.6% or 456 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of perfect in a Sentence

  1. Kimberly Diego:

    This is a really uplifting case, the judge was very thorough, took a lot of time and gave this case a lot of attention. You can tell he wanted to make sure this was perfect. We are thankful that he took the time that he did.

  2. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky:

    L.T.'s( Laurence Tosi's) expertise in hospitality and finance is the perfect combination to help take Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to the next level.

  3. Sadie Robertson:

    I remember praying and saying, God, I think you chose the wrong person. This makes me nervous. This makes me insecure. This is not something Im thriving in, the Lord said something so sweet to my heart. I just felt like God was saying, Im not calling you to be this perfect person. Im actually just calling you to be a sister and a friend to those who dont have a sister and a friend.

  4. Ibrahim Nseir:

    Our society in Syria was never perfect, but we were worshipping our God freely and we were respected, we need Christians to stay in this country where Christianity started and if they have left to come back, but they need to know their cities are safe before they can do that.

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    This law was not perfect, it was not enough for some, too abrupt for others, but it has put the country in motion, has given new rights, increased mobility, transparency and activity, it works.

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