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"imperfect" in British English

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imperfectadjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.fekt/ us   /ɪmˈpɝː.fekt/
  • imperfect adjective (NOT PERFECT)

C1 damaged, containing problems, or not having something: We're living in an imperfect world. I explained as well as I was able, given my own imperfect understanding of the situation.
  • imperfect adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language The imperfect form of a verb describes an action in the past that was continuous or was not completed: In the sentence "He was hit by a car as he was crossing the road", the verb "cross" is in the imperfect form.

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imperfectly
adverb uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.fekt.li/ us   /ɪmˈpɝː.fekt.li/

imperfectnoun [S]

uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.fekt/ us   /ɪmˈpɝː.fekt/
(Definition of imperfect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imperfect" in American English

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imperfectadjective

us   /ɪmˈpɜr·fɪkt/
not perfect or not complete: Our rule of law is still imperfect, but it’s better than having no laws at all.
imperfection
noun [C/U] us   /ˌɪm·pərˈfek·ʃən/
[C] Investigators suspect the engine broke because of a tiny imperfection in one of the parts.
(Definition of imperfect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"imperfect" in Business English

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imperfectadjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt/ us  
PRODUCTION damaged or not made correctly: Yolk products are made from the cracked, deformed, or otherwise imperfect eggs that don't make it past quality-control standards.
(Definition of imperfect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“imperfect” in American English

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