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Meaning of “perfect” in the English Dictionary

"perfect" in British English

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perfectadjective

uk   /ˈpɜː.fekt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/
  • perfect adjective (WITHOUT FAULT)

A2 complete and ​correct in every way, of the ​bestpossibletype or without ​fault: a perfect ​day What is ​youridea of perfect ​happiness? This ​church is a perfect ​example of ​medievalarchitecture. You have a perfect ​Englishaccent. The ​car is five ​yearsold but is in ​almost perfect ​condition. She ​thought at last she'd ​found the perfect man.C2 used to ​emphasize a ​noun: It makes perfect ​sense. a perfect ​strangerB1 exactlyright for someone or something: You'd be perfect for the ​job. The weather's just perfect for ​swimming.

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  • perfect adjective (PAST TENSE)

specialized language of or ​relating to a ​verbindicating a ​completedaction: the ​present perfect ​tense

perfectnoun [S]

uk   us   specialized
the perfect (tense)

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B2 the ​tense of a ​verb that ​showsaction that has ​happened in the past or before another ​time or ​event: In ​English, the perfect is ​formed with "have" and the past ​participle of the ​verb.

perfectverb [T]

uk   /pəˈfekt/  us   /pɝːˈ-/
(Definition of perfect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perfect" in American English

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perfectadjective

 us   /ˈpɜr·fɪkt/
  • perfect adjective (RIGHT)

complete and ​right in every way; having nothing ​wrong: The ​car is two ​yearsold but it’s in perfect ​condition. You can also use perfect to ​meancomplete and ​emphasize the ​noun that comes after it: I ​felt like a perfect ​fool when I ​forgot her ​name.
  • perfect adjective (BEST)

exactlyright for a ​particularpurpose or ​situation; being the ​bestpossible: It was a ​warm, ​sunnyday, a perfect ​afternoon for a ​ballgame.
  • perfect adjective (GRAMMAR)

grammar [not gradable] having the ​tense of a ​verb that ​showsaction that has ​happened in the past or before another ​time or ​event and has ​continued up to the ​present or up to a ​particularpoint

perfectverb [T]

 us   /pərˈfekt/
to make something perfect: She ​practicestenniswhenever she can, hoping to perfect her ​serve.
(Definition of perfect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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