Definition of perfect adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfɪkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfɪkt//
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  1. 1  having everything that is necessary; complete and without faults or weaknesses in perfect condition a perfect set of teeth Well I'm sorry—but nobody's perfect (= used when somebody has criticized you).
  2. 2  completely correct; exact and accurate She speaks perfect English. a perfect copy/fit/match What perfect timing! see also word-perfect
  3. 3  the best of its kind a perfect example of the painter’s early style the perfect crime (= one in which the criminal is never discovered)
  4. 4  excellent; very good The weather was perfect. Synonymsexcellentoutstanding perfect superbThese words all describe something that is extremely good.excellent extremely good. Excellent is used especially about standards of service or of something that somebody has worked to produce:The rooms are excellent value at $20 a night. He speaks excellent English. Excellent is also used to show that you are very pleased about something or that you approve of something:You can all come? Excellent!outstanding extremely good. Outstanding is used especially about how well somebody does something or how good somebody is at something:an outstanding achievementperfect extremely good. Perfect is used especially about conditions or how suitable something is for a purpose:Conditions were perfect for walking. She came up with the perfect excuse.superb (informal) extremely good or impressive:The facilities at the hotel are superb.Patterns a(n) excellent/​outstanding/​perfect/​superb job/​performance a(n) excellent/​outstanding/​superb achievement really/​absolutely/​quite excellent/​outstanding/​perfect/​superb
  5. 5  perfect for somebody/something exactly right for somebody/something synonym ideal It was a perfect day for a picnic. She's the perfect candidate for the job. ‘Will 2.30 be OK for you?’ ‘Perfect, thanks.’
  6. 6[only before noun] total; complete I don't know him—he's a perfect stranger.
  7. 7 (grammar) connected with the form of a verb that consists of part of the verb have with the past participle of the main verb, used to express actions completed by the present or a particular point in the past or future ‘I have eaten’ is the present perfect tense of the verb ‘to eat’, ‘I had eaten’ is the past perfect and ‘I will have eaten’ is the future perfect. see also future perfect, past perfect, present perfect
  8. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French perfet, from Latin perfectus ‘completed’, from the verb perficere, from per- ‘through, completely’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples He had brought chaos to her once perfect life. He had high blood pressure but was in otherwise perfect health. He seemed too perfect to be real. Her high heels emphasized her already perfect legs. Hove’s position makes it perfect for touring. The day seemed perfect for a picnic. The town’s position in the region makes it perfect for touring. The treaty is far from perfect, but it is clearly the way forward. a seemingly perfect alibi the impossibly perfect shine on the vinyl-tiled floors ‘What’s your room like?’ ‘Perfect!’ Conditions were perfect for walking. He has behaved like a perfect gentleman ever since I met him. He smiled, revealing a perfect set of teeth. I don’t know her—she’s a perfect stranger. I have a perfect right to ask you—and you have the right not to answer. In a perfect world no one would need to pay for health care. Most of our testers considered the driving position and seats close to perfect. She came up with the perfect excuse that she had to visit her sick grandmother. The location of the cottage makes it perfect for touring. Well, I’m sorry, but nobody’s perfect. What’s your idea of the perfect partner?Idioms
    in an ideal/a perfect world
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    used to say that something is what you would like to happen or what should happen, but you know it cannot In an ideal world we would be recycling and reusing everything.
    (saying) a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perfect