Definition of perfectly in US English:

perfectly

adverb

  • 1In a manner or way that could not be better.

    ‘the ring fitted perfectly’
    as submodifier ‘perfectly clean glass bottles’
    • ‘A face is perfectly symmetrical where one side is exactly the same as the other.’
    • ‘We used to complain about how little we see of each other so this works out perfectly.’
    • ‘It perfectly matched my shirt, and a tall Sikh boy with an insurmountable grin stopped to tie it on.’
    • ‘The bed of noodles complemented it perfectly, as did the sauce in which it swam.’
    • ‘It's perfectly in order and lots of people in loving, caring relationships have it.’
    • ‘The spirit of this music and its wonderful contrasts of mood are captured perfectly.’
    • ‘You fall in love and the guy is wonderful and everything works perfectly first time.’
    • ‘They perfectly captured the spirit that he intended for many of his works.’
    • ‘Around them the paddies are such a perfectly unsullied shade of green they don't seem real.’
    • ‘At the outbreak of the first world war, she was perfectly equipped for a role in intelligence.’
    • ‘This is a perfectly placed hotel in which to wallow in cool style and luxury.’
    • ‘She picked up and started scrubbing what appeared to be an already perfectly clean glass bowl.’
    • ‘It is my idea of a perfectly lovely summer afternoon to sit in a lawn chair in the shade and read.’
    • ‘The reality is far from that and I wondered why because to us it seems perfectly normal.’
    • ‘Consequently, once we enter the store, my perfectly ordered list makes no sense at all.’
    • ‘It may be perfectly secure, but I'm not sure it will feel secure to internet punters.’
    • ‘Served in a sauce with beef, game or shellfish, it can lift the flavour perfectly.’
    • ‘Bottled water in a country where perfectly drinkable stuff comes out of the tap was one.’
    • ‘On the other, though, he is so perfectly behaved you could almost believe he was a young adult.’
    • ‘The utter misery of having to finish a race you wish you'd never started is captured perfectly.’
    superbly, superlatively, excellently, flawlessly, faultlessly, to perfection, without fault, ideally, wonderfully, marvellously, magnificently, sublimely, admirably, inimitably, incomparably, impeccably, immaculately, exquisitely, consummately
    absolutely, utterly, completely, altogether, entirely, wholly, totally, thoroughly, fully, quite, in every respect
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    1. 1.1as submodifier Used for emphasis, especially in order to assert something that has been challenged or doubted.
      ‘you know perfectly well I can't stay’
      • ‘Why would she tell her father and mother what they already know perfectly well?’
      • ‘I am not going to summarise the plan here, because you can perfectly well read it for yourself.’
      • ‘It is a waste of taxpayers money to pay for something that can happen perfectly well without the money.’
      • ‘The company said it believed this was a perfectly appropriate marketing strategy.’
      • ‘Of course, many of the technicians knew perfectly well how to read music but they could not admit it.’
      • ‘I would like to make it perfectly clear right now that I did not vote for these guys.’
      • ‘I'm perfectly aware that this one was just random bad luck, and just wanted to vent.’
      • ‘Those of vague faith hold a perfectly reasonable and defensible position in a world of plenty.’
      • ‘He was perfectly justified in criticising the way English clubs are run financially.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's not the right thing to say but to be perfectly honest about it, yes.’
      • ‘Now it is of course perfectly possible for there to be two valid legal reasons for doing something.’
      • ‘What is perfectly clear is that the entire venture has been daring from the outset.’
      • ‘It's perfectly possible that the next time I go back to Brazil it will reclaim its title.’
      • ‘It is perfectly clear that at no time did the claimant hold any such appointment as a member of any such body.’
      • ‘For him to want to continue a relationship with his child is perfectly natural.’
      • ‘It helps to mar what is otherwise a perfectly respectable account of the old soak's rise to power.’
      • ‘What tends to deprave or corrupt one person may prove perfectly inoffensive to another.’
      • ‘That there are perfectly legitimate claims for compensation is a fact nobody would deny.’
      • ‘It is, of course, perfectly legitimate to question whether or not they were right to do that.’
      • ‘The technical help desks at both companies assured me it was perfectly possible to do it oneself.’
      very, quite, full
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Pronunciation

perfectly

/ˈpərfək(t)lē//ˈpərfək(t)li/