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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National team manager Joachim Löw still seems to prefer Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, but the hordes of fans on social media were eager to kick-start another debate - even if at this point the answer seems perfectly clear., "Twitter Reacts as Quality Marc-André ter Stegen Performance Reignites Germany National Team Debate," 17 Sep. 2019 Ariel pushed a bright little knob of blue perfectly into its hollow. Daniel Poppick, Harper's magazine, "Rumors," 16 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, several perfectly good—if a little dated, in some cases—smartphones give you just that. Wired, "The Best Smartphones That Still Have a Headphone Jack," 16 Sep. 2019 Astronomers use a measurement called eccentricity to determine how circular an object’s orbit is: An eccentricity of 0 is perfectly circular, while an eccentricity of 1 is highly elliptical, and anything greater than is hyperbolic. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Spot a Comet That Likely Came From a Different Solar System," 12 Sep. 2019 This assembly only stays on the track if it is perfectly centered. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Train Wheel Science," 12 Sep. 2019 Despite all the turmoil, this poignant film makes one thing perfectly clear: If life were a wrestling match, the referee would be raising Mack’s arm at the end. NBC News, "The Kids Are Alright: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 So in those circumstances, that is perfectly fine for opioids. Molly Rubin, Quartz, "How an ER doctor and a Purdue Pharma whistleblower think about the opioid crisis," 21 Aug. 2019 Rignot said one of the theoretical models, used for 20-30 years, was known to be a simplified version that didn’t work perfectly. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Alaskan glaciers melting 100 times faster than previously thought," 25 July 2019

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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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