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Definition of imperfect noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



the imperfect (also the imperfect tense) [singular] (grammar)
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the verb tense that expresses action in the past that is not complete. It is often called thepast progressiveorpast continuous In “while I was washing my hair,” the verb is in the imperfect.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: imperfect

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