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- 4 Grammar (of a tense) denoting a completed action or a state or habitual action which began in the past. The perfect tense is formed in English with have or has and the past participle, as in they have eaten and they have been eating ( present perfect), they had eaten ( past perfect), and they will have eaten ( future perfect).
Pronunciation: /pəˈfɛkt/[with object]
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːfɪkt/(the perfect) Grammar
Middle English: from Old French perfet, from Latin perfectus 'completed', from the verb perficere, from per- 'through, completely' + facere 'do'