perfects, perfecting, perfected
(The adjective is pronounced [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)fɪkt[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]pə(r)fe̱kt[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is perfect is as good as it could possibly be.
practice makes perfectsee practice

He spoke perfect English...

Hiring a nanny has turned out to be the perfect solution...

It's a perfect example of a house reflecting the person who lives there...

Nobody is perfect.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ for n (emphasis) If you say that something is perfect for a particular person, thing, or activity, you are emphasizing that it is very suitable for them or for that activity.

Carpet tiles are perfect for kitchens because they're easy to take up and wash...

So this could be the perfect time to buy a home.

3) ADJ If an object or surface is perfect, it does not have any marks on it, or does not have any lumps, hollows, or cracks in it.

Use only clean, Grade A, perfect eggs.

...their perfect white teeth.

4) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use perfect to give emphasis to the noun following it.

She was a perfect fool...

Some people are always coming up to perfect strangers and asking them what they do...

What he had said to her made perfect sense.

5) VERB If you perfect something, you improve it so that it becomes as good as it can possibly be.

[V n] We perfected a hand-signal system so that he could keep me informed of hazards...

[V n] I removed the fibroid tumours, using the techniques that I have perfected.

[V n] ...girls who needed to perfect their English.

6) ADJ: ADJ n The perfect tenses of a verb are the ones used to talk about things that happened or began before a particular time, as in `He's already left' and `They had always liked her'. The present perfect tense is sometimes called the perfect tense.

English dictionary. 2008.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • perfect# — perfect adj Perfect, whole, entire, intact are comparable when they mean not deficient, defective, or faulty in any particular. Perfect is the usual term to describe such a condition, for it may imply not only the presence of every part, every… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Perfect 10 — was a quarterly men s magazine featuring high resolution photographs of topless or nude women who have not had cosmetic surgery and focused in particular on slender models with piercing eyes and medium to large, youthful breasts in pensive or… …   Wikipedia

  • perfect — per·fect 1 / pər fikt/ adj: entirely without fault or defect: as a: satisfying all requirements failed to make perfect tender b: free from any valid legal objection: valid and effective at law having perfect title to the property compare im …   Law dictionary

  • perfect — PERFÉCT, Ă, perfecţi, te, adj., s.n. I. adj. 1. Care întruneşte în gradul cel mai înalt toate calităţile cerute; desăvârşit. ♢ Gaz perfect = gaz ale cărui molecule, de dimensiuni neglijabile faţă de distanţele dintre ele, nu exercită forţe de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Perfect — Per fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per }) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or completeness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perfect — [pʉr′fikt; ] for v. [ pər fekt′] adj. [ME perfit < OFr parfit < L perfectus, pp. of perficere, to finish < per , through (see PER ) + facere, to make, DO1: mod. sp. is Latinized] 1. complete in all respects; without defect or omission;… …   English World dictionary

  • perfect — 1. In its primary meaning ‘complete, not deficient’, perfect is an absolute and cannot logically be qualified by words such as more, most, and very. (This is a philosophical point, not a matter of grammatical correctness.) As the OED notes,… …   Modern English usage

  • Perfect — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Perfect puede referirse a: Música Perfect (canción de Fairground Attraction) (1988) Perfect (canción de The Smashing Pumpkins) (1998) Perfect (canción de Simple Plan) (2003) Perfect (canción de Depeche Mode) (2009)… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Perfect Me — Пёрфект Ми Основная информация Жанр трип хоп …   Википедия

  • perfect — or perfected Complete; finished; executed; enforceable; without defect; merchantable; marketable. Brought to a state of perfection. As to perfect equity perfect obligation perfect ownership perfect title perfect usufruct, see those titles… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Perfect — Per fect, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perfected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perfecting}.] [L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere. See {Perfect}, a.] To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.