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

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Examples of perfectly in a Sentence

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

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When a firm avocado is paired with an apple or a banana inside a paper bag, the ethylene becomes more concentrated, therefore yielding perfectly ripe avocados faster. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Ripen an Avocado Fast," 3 May 2019 As an early ’90s Oscar play, Awakenings is perfectly fine, if schmaltzy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Penny Marshall’s groundbreaking directing career, explained in 3 movies," 18 Dec. 2018 The bench framed two large windows perfectly, just opposite the kitchen. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Every Inch of This House Is Designed to Inspire You," 10 Apr. 2019 Few think the current rules, put in place during the Obama administration, work perfectly, especially a provision that allows trading platforms to make new swap products available for electronic trading. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Wall Street Backlash Sinks Plan to Transform Swaps Market," 22 Jan. 2019 On the Fall 2019 runways, no accessory was more essential than a perfectly strange, totally face-obscuring mask. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Fashion For Bank Robbers” Is an Insta-Obsession for the Anti-Selfie Set," 17 Apr. 2019 Families and individuals can still find themselves with service that doesn’t perfectly suit their viewing habits. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "How not to break the bank on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2019 The decades-old practice known as tax-loss harvesting, or strategically taking investment losses to offset income, is a perfectly legal maneuver that doesn’t so much dodge taxes as defer them. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Beware the Bold Claims of Tax-Loss Harvesting," 13 Apr. 2019 Perfect for parties, that is, and also perfectly comfortable when the guests are gone. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Happy, Colorful House Started with a Single Rug," 11 Apr. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of perfectly

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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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