per·​fect·​ly | \ ˈpər-fik(t)-lē How to pronounce perfectly (audio) \

Definition of perfectly

1 : in a perfect manner
2 : 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
Recent Examples on the Web Liana's hatred of Xander's face is particularly amazing here because, well, for one thing, Xander seems to have a perfectly fine face. Dalton Ross,, 18 Nov. 2021 The Grid Studio Grid 1 fits perfectly with the Apple design language. Christian De Looper, BGR, 14 Nov. 2021 But while all that collective rage is being targeted at Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas was perfectly fine watching from the crowd. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 14 Nov. 2021 The grid appears on the seismology website due to how the organization displays data, which Floyd said is perfectly adequate for most purposes. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2021 Gilmore, however, read the play perfectly and beat his former teammate to the spot to snag Mac Jones’s errant pass., 7 Nov. 2021 Actually measuring my meat means that my burger patties are perfectly uniform, so no one at the cookout can grumble about getting the runt of the litter. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 6 Nov. 2021 The auteur’s latest project, the six-part Netflix series Colin in Black & White, fits perfectly into her formally inventive, mind-expanding oeuvre. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2021 My Heimlich maneuver example from the introduction of this article fits perfectly here. Timothy Carter, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of perfectly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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22 Nov 2021

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“Perfectly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perfectly

: in every way : completely
: without errors, mistakes, or flaws : in a perfect way

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