perfect

Something that is perfect is complete and without defect or blemish. It might also be precisely accurate or exact.

The word perfect can also be used as a verb meaning — you guessed it! — to make something perfect. (Note, though, the pronunciation difference: PER-fect as a noun; per-FECT as a verb.) It originally comes from the Latin word perficere, which breaks down into per- ("completely") and facere ("do"). As a noun perfect is a grammatical term referring to a tense of verbs describing an action that has been completed.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: perfect

1
adjv
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
make perfect or complete
2
adj
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
3
n
a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: perfect
1

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”
Synonyms
unblemished, unmarred, unmutilated
free from physical or moral spots or stains
unbroken
not broken; whole and intact; in one piece
exact
marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
clean
(of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
clear
free from flaw or blemish or impurity
cold
marked by errorless familiarity
complete, consummate
perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities
down, down pat, mastered
understood perfectly
errorless
free from error
faultless, immaculate, impeccable
without fault or error
flawless, unflawed
without a flaw
ideal
conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
idealised, idealized
exalted to an ideal perfection or excellence
idyllic
excellent and delightful in all respects
mint
as if new
perfectible
capable of becoming or being made perfect
pluperfect
more than perfect
uncorrupted, undefiled
(of language) not having its purity or excellence debased
utopian
characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection
Antonyms:
imperfect
not perfect; defective or inadequate
blemished
marred by imperfections
broken
physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
blemished, flawed
having a blemish or flaw
broken
imperfectly spoken or written
corrupt, corrupted
containing errors or alterations
defective, faulty
having a defect
imperfectible
capable of being made imperfect
irregular
falling below the manufacturer's standard
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adj precisely accurate or exact

perfect timing”
Synonyms
exact
marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

v make perfect or complete

perfect your French in Paris!”
Synonyms:
hone
Types:
optimise, optimize
make optimal; get the most out of; use best
brush up, polish, polish up, round, round off
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better
2

adj without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

“a perfect idiot”
Synonyms:
arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter
unmitigated
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
3

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

Synonyms:
perfect tense, perfective, perfective tense
Types:
present perfect, present perfect tense
a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present
past perfect, past perfect tense, pluperfect, pluperfect tense
a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past
future perfect, future perfect tense
a perfective tense used to describe action that will be completed in the future
Type of:
tense
a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

WORD FORMS

adjadjn
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
a tense of verbs used in describing completed action
1 perfect
v
make complete
2 perfect
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