Meaning of PERFECT in English

The adjective is pronounced /pɜ:(r)fɪkt/. The verb is pronounced /pə(r)fekt/.

( perfecting, perfected)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is perfect is as good as it could possibly be.

He spoke perfect English...

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

Nobody is perfect.



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.

= ideal

ADJ : oft ADJ for n [ emphasis ]


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.



You can use perfect to give emphasis to the noun following it.

She was a perfect fool...

What he had said to her made perfect sense.

= complete, total

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]


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

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

VERB : V 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.


see also future , present perfect , past perfect

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