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PERFECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perfect mean? 

PERFECT (noun)
  The noun PERFECT has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: PERFECT used as a noun is very rare.


PERFECT (adjective)
  The adjective PERFECT has 3 senses:

1. being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
2. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
3. precisely accurate or exact

  Familiarity information: PERFECT used as an adjective is uncommon.


PERFECT (verb)
  The verb PERFECT has 1 sense:

1. make perfect or complete

  Familiarity information: PERFECT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERFECT (noun)


Sense 1perfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

perfect; perfect tense; perfective; perfective tense

Hypernyms ("perfect" is a kind of...):

tense (a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "perfect"):

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)


PERFECT (adjective)


Sense 1perfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

Context examples:

a perfect circle / a perfect reproduction / perfect happiness / perfect manners / a perfect specimen / a perfect day

Similar:

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)

faultless; immaculate; impeccable (without fault or error)

errorless (free from error)

down; down pat; mastered (understood perfectly)

complete; consummate (perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities)

cold (marked by errorless familiarity)

clear (free from flaw or blemish or impurity)

clean (without difficulties or problems)

Also:

unblemished (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)

utopian (characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection)

Attribute:

flawlessness; ne plus ultra; perfection (the state of being without a flaw or defect)

Antonym:

imperfect (not perfect; defective or inadequate)


Sense 2perfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Synonyms:

double-dyed; utter; arrant; sodding; unadulterated; thoroughgoing; staring; pure; perfect; everlasting; consummate; stark; complete; gross

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unmitigated (not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier)


Sense 3perfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Precisely accurate or exact

Context example:

perfect timing

Similar:

exact (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact)


PERFECT (verb)


Sense 1perfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make perfect or complete

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

perfect; hone

Context example:

perfect your French in Paris!

Hypernyms (to "perfect" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "perfect"):

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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