per·​fect·​ly | \ˈpər-fik(t)-lē \

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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And three years later at Imperial College London, another unexplained current popped up that also perfectly matched theoretical predictions. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The straightforward premise works perfectly for the tone Caldwell and Earl set out to establish. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 If the matching doesn’t perfectly pair up, the egg will end up with an abnormal amount of chromosomes. Korin Miller, SELF, "Updated: These Twins Both Had Miscarriages, Were Pregnant at the Same Time, and Just had Babies on the Same Day," 20 Sep. 2018 Fringes along the bottom match the colors perfectly in strips of suede. Joan Juliet Buck, ELLE Decor, "The Greatness of Milan Through the Lens of Bottega Veneta," 29 Aug. 2018 During her time on Pretty Little Liars, Ashley Benson was a constant source of beauty inspo, her on-screen looks working perfectly in our own IRL beauty routines. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson Lost Some of Her Hair During "Pretty Little Liars" Because of Bleaching," 28 Aug. 2018 But women should know that no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 The undersized cages sold for tomatoes work perfectly for supporting lightweight ground cherries and will keep them from sprawling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 The outfit also works perfectly on a hot summers day in the city. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Winning Piece Among the Founder of Arje's Winning Pieces," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of perfectly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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