Fulfill vs Perfect - What's the difference?

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Fulfill is a related term of perfect.

As verbs the difference between fulfill and perfect

is that fulfill is (archaic) to fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up while perfect is to make perfect; to improve or hone.

As an adjective perfect is

fitting its definition precisely.

As a noun perfect is

(grammar) the perfect tense, or a form in that tense.

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Alternative forms

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(en verb)
  • (archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
  • To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
  • To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
  • To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
  • Derived terms

    * fulfilled * fulfilling * fulfillable * fulfillment



    Alternative forms


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) perfit, from (etyl) parfit (modern: parfait), from (etyl) perfectus, perfect passive participle of . Spelling modified 15c. to conform Latin etymology.


    (en adjective)
  • Fitting its definition precisely.
  • :
  • Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
  • :
  • Without fault or mistake; thoroughly skilled or talented.
  • :
  • Excellent and delightful in all respects.
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  • *
  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect . And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
  • Representing a completed action.
  • (lb) Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
  • (lb) Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
  • (lb) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A'' is perfect if ''A =A'.
  • (lb) Describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones.
  • (lb) Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
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  • (lb) Well informed; certain; sure.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:I am perfect that the Pannonians are now in arms.
  • Synonyms
    * (fitting its definition precisely) accurate, flawless * (without fault or mistake) faultless, infallible * (thoroughly skilled or talented) expert, proficient * mature * bisexual, hermaphroditic * See also
    * (fitting its definition precisely) flawed * (without fault or mistake) faulty, faultful, fallible * imperfect
    Derived terms
    * future perfect * nobody's perfect * past perfect * perfect number * perfect pitch * picture-perfect * pixel-perfect * practice makes perfect * present perfect * word-perfect


    (en noun)
  • (grammar) The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
  • Etymology 2

    From (perfect) (adjective) or from (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To make perfect; to improve or hone.
  • I am going to perfect this article.
    You spend too much time trying to perfect your dancing.
  • (legal) To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
  • perfect''' an appeal''; '''''perfect''' an interest''; '''''perfect a judgment
    * (to make perfect) enhance, hone, improve, optimize