per·​fect·​ly ˈpər-fik(t)-lē How to pronounce perfectly (audio)
: in a perfect manner
: to a complete or adequate extent : quite
was perfectly happy until now

Examples of perfectly in a Sentence

The steak was perfectly cooked. you did that handspring perfectly on your first try
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perfectly was in the 14th century

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“Perfectly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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per·​fect·​ly ˈpər-fik-(t)lē How to pronounce perfectly (audio)
: in a perfect manner
understand perfectly
: quite sense 1, altogether
I was perfectly willing

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