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Meaning of perfect by Wiktionary Dictionary

Perfect


    Etymology 1

    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” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈpɜː( ɹ ).fɪkt/, /ˈpɜː( ɹ ).fɛkt/, SAMPA: /"p3:( r ).fIkt/, /"p3:( r ).fEkt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpɝːfɪkt/, /ˈpɝːfɛkt/, SAMPA: /"p3`:fIkt/, /"p3:fEkt/

    Adjective

    perfect ( comparative more perfect, superlative most perfect )

    1. Fitting its definition precisely .
      a perfect circle
    2. 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 .
    3. Thoroughly skilled or talented .
      Practice makes perfect .
    4. Excellent and delightful in all respects .
      a perfect day
    5. ( grammar ) ( of a tense or verb form ) Representing a completed action .
    6. ( biology ) Sexually mature and fully differentiated .
    7. ( botany ) Having both male ( stamens ) and female ( carpels ) parts .
    8. ( analysis ) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A' .
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    Etymology 2

    From perfect ( adjective ) or from Latin perfectus

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /pə( ɹ )ˈfɛkt/, SAMPA: /p@( r )"fEkt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /pɚˈfɛkt/, SAMPA: /p@`"fEkt/

    Verb

    to perfect ( third-person singular simple present perfects present participle perfecting, simple past and past participle perfected )

    1. ( 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 .
    2. ( 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
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Explanation of perfect by Wordnet Dictionary

Perfect


    Verb
    1. make perfect or complete

    2. perfect your French in Paris!
    Adjective
    1. precisely accurate or exact

    2. perfect timing
    3. without qualification

    4. a perfect idiot
    5. being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

    6. a perfect circle
      a perfect reproduction
      perfect happiness
      perfect manners
      a perfect specimen
      a perfect day
    Noun
    1. a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed ( sometimes regarded as perfective aspect )



    Definition of perfect by GCIDE Dictionary

    Perfect


    1. Perfect ( pẽrfĕkt ), 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; 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.

      My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. xii. 9.

      Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. Shak.

      I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Shak.

      O most entire perfect sacrifice! Keble.

      God made thee perfect, not immutable. Milton.

      2. Well informed; certain; sure.

      I am perfect that the Pannonians are now in arms. Shak.

      3. ( Bot. ) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of a flower.

      Perfect cadence ( Mus. ), a complete and satisfactory close in the harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant. -- Perfect chord ( Mus. ), a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave. -- Perfect number ( Arith. ), a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See Abundant number, under Abundant. Brande & C. -- Perfect tense ( Gram. ), a tense which expresses an act or state completed; also called the perfective tense.

      Syn. -- Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished.

    2. Perfect ( pẽrfĕkt ), n. The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.

    3. Perfect ( pẽrfĕkt or pẽrfĕkt; 277 ), 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 its nature and kind.

      God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. 1 John iv. 12.

      Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species. Locke.

      Perfecting press ( Print. ), a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one passage through the machine.

      Syn. -- To finish; accomplish; complete; consummate.