perfect

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perfect

Pronunciation[change]

adjective, noun
  • (UK) IPA: /ˈpɜːfɪkt/, SAMPA: /"p3:fIkt/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈpɝːfɪkt/, /ˈpɝːfɛkt/, SAMPA: /"p3`:fIkt/
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verb

Adjective[change]

Positive
perfect

Comparative
more perfect

Superlative
most perfect

  1. Something that is perfect has no mistakes, problems, or damage.
    She answered him in perfect Japanese.
  2. Something that is perfect is exactly what was needed or wanted.
    "Here's the knife." "Oh, yes! Thanks, it's perfect."
    That's a perfect example of how to start a business.
  3. (grammar) In a perfect tense, a verb is used for a situation that is finished before another point in time.
    I believe that in French the passe compose is equivalent to the present perfect tense in English.

Related words[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
perfect

Third-person singular
perfects

Past tense
perfected

Past participle
perfected

Present participle
perfecting

  1. (transitive) If you perfect something, you fix all its problems or make it as good as possible.
    Our leaders have perfected the art of sounding good while saying nothing.

Noun[change]

Singular
perfect

Plural
perfects

  1. (grammar) (countable) The perfect is a verb tense used for a situation that is finished before another point in time.
    This verb should be in the present perfect, but you need have.