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1    having all essential elements  
2    unblemished; faultless  
a perfect gemstone     
3    correct or precise  
perfect timing     
4    utter or absolute  
a perfect stranger     
5    excellent in all respects  
a perfect day     
6      (Maths)   exactly divisible into equal integral or polynomial roots  
36 is a perfect square     
7      (Botany)  
a    (of flowers) having functional stamens and pistils  
b    (of plants) having all parts present  
8      (Grammar)   denoting a tense of verbs used in describing an action that has been completed by the subject. In English this is a compound tense, formed with have or has plus the past participle  
9      (Music)  
a    of or relating to the intervals of the unison, fourth, fifth, and octave  
b    (of a cadence) ending on the tonic chord, giving a feeling of conclusion,   (Also)    full, final      Compare       imperfect       6  
10    Archaic   positive certain, or assured  
11      (Grammar)  
a    the perfect tense  
b    a verb in this tense  
      vb   tr  
12    to make perfect; improve to one's satisfaction  
he is in Paris to perfect his French     
13    to make fully accomplished  
14      (Printing)   to print the reverse side of (a printed sheet of paper)  
     (C13: from Latin perfectus, from perficere to perform, from per through + facere to do)  
  perfectness      n  
For most of its meanings, the adjective perfect describes an absolute state, i.e. one that cannot be qualified; thus something is either perfect or not perfect, and cannot be more perfect or less perfect. However when perfect means excellent in all respects, a comparative can be used with it without absurdity: the next day the weather was even more perfect  

future perfect     (Grammar)  
1    denoting a tense of verbs describing an action that will have been performed by a certain time. In English this is formed with will have or shall have plus the past participle  
a    the future perfect tense  
b    a verb in this tense  
      adj      another term (esp. in the U.S.) for       word-perfect  
past perfect     (Grammar)  
1    denoting a tense of verbs used in relating past events where the action had already occurred at the time of the action of a main verb that is itself in a past tense. In English this is a compound tense formed with had plus the past participle  
a    the past perfect tense  
b    a verb in this tense  
perfect binding  
      n      See       adhesive binding  
perfect competition  
      n     (Economics)   a market situation in which there exists a homogeneous product, freedom of entry, and a large number of buyers and sellers none of whom individually can affect price  
perfect gas  
      n      another name for       ideal gas  
perfect number  
      n   an integer, such as 28, that is equal to the sum of all its possible factors, excluding itself  
perfect participle  
      n      another name for       past participle  
perfect pitch  
      n      another name (not in technical usage) for       absolute pitch       1  
perfect rhyme  
1      (Also called)    full rhyme   rhyme between words in which the stressed vowels and any succeeding consonants are identical although the consonants preceding the stressed vowels may be different, as between part/hart or believe/conceive  
2    a rhyme between two words that are pronounced the same although differing in meaning, as in bough/bow  
present perfect  
      n     (Grammar)      another term for       perfect       8, 11  
word-perfect   ,   (U.S.)   letter-perfect  
1    correct in every detail  
2    (of a speech, part in a play, etc.) memorized perfectly  
3    (of a speaker, actor, etc.) knowing one's speech, role, etc., perfectly  
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1    absolute, complete, completed, consummate, entire, finished, full, out-and-out, sheer, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmitigated, utter, whole  
2    blameless, clean, excellent, faultless, flawless, ideal, immaculate, impeccable, pure, splendid, spotless, sublime, superb, superlative, supreme, unblemished, unmarred, untarnished  
3    accurate, close, correct, exact, faithful, on the money     (U.S.)   precise, right, spot-on     (Brit. informal)   strict, true, unerring  
4    accomplished, adept, experienced, expert, finished, masterly, polished, practised, skilful, skilled  
5    accomplish, achieve, carry out, complete, consummate, effect, finish, fulfil, perform, realize  
6    ameliorate, cultivate, develop, elaborate, hone, improve, polish, refine  
,       adj   bad, damaged, defective, deficient, faulty, flawed, impaired, imperfect, impure, incomplete, inferior, partial, poor, ruined, spoiled, unfinished, unskilled, worthless  
      vb   mar  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

picture-perfect adj.
faultless; absolutely perfect
adjective describing a situation/person/thing that could make the object of a perfect picture. E.g picture-perfect moment, picture-perfect family etc.

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be a perfect fit for smb./smth.;
a perfect or typical speciman; an original model or pattern; prototype
Quintessential means representing a perfect or typical example of something.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
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