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”).
- (UK) IPA: /ˈpɜː(ɹ).fɪkt/, /ˈpɜː(ɹ).fɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /"p3:(r).fIkt/, /"p3:(r).fEkt/
- (US) IPA: /ˈpɝːfɪkt/, /ˈpɝːfɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /"p3`:fIkt/, /"p3:fEkt/
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- 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.
- 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
- (fitting its definition precisely): accurate, flawless
- (thoroughly skilled or talented): expert, proficient
- (biology: sexually mature and fully differentiated): mature
- (botany: having both male and female parts): bisexual, hermaphroditic
- See also Wikisaurus:flawless
- future perfect
- nobody's perfect
- past perfect
- perfect number
- practice makes perfect
- present perfect
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perfect (plural perfects)
- (UK) IPA: /pə(ɹ)ˈfɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /p@(r)"fEkt/
- (US) IPA: /pɚˈfɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /p@`"fEkt/
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- (transitive) To make perfect; to improve or hone.
- I am going to perfect this article.
- You spend too much time trying to perfect your dancing.
- (law) To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
- perfect an appeal; perfect an interest; perfect a judgment
- IPA: [perˈfekt]
perfect 4 nom/acc forms
- (perfect simplu) preterite tense, simple perfect
- (perfect compus) compound perfect tense