1) ADV: ADV adj/adv (emphasis) You can use perfectly to emphasize an adjective or adverb, especially when you think the person you are talking to might doubt what you are saying.

There's no reason why you can't have a perfectly normal child...

They made it perfectly clear that it was pointless to go on...

They are perfectly safe to eat...

You know perfectly well what happened.

2) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v If something is done perfectly, it is done so well that it could not possibly be done better.

This ambitious adaptation perfectly captures the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut's acclaimed novel...

The system worked perfectly.

3) ADV: ADV adj/adv (emphasis) If you describe something as perfectly good or acceptable, you are emphasizing that there is no reason to use or get something else, although other people may disagree.

Bunbury, ignoring a perfectly good pedestrian crossing twenty yards further along, marched boldly out into the traffic.

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  • Perfectly — Per fect*ly, adv. In a perfect manner or degree; in or to perfection; completely; wholly; throughly; faultlessly. Perfectly divine. Milton. [1913 Webster] As many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matt. xiv. 36. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perfectly — [adv1] absolutely altogether, completely, consummately, entirely, fully, quite, thoroughly, totally, utterly, well, wholly; concepts 531,544 Ant. imperfectly, partially perfectly [adv2] without flaw admirably, correctly, excellently, exquisitely …   New thesaurus

  • perfectly — index purely (positively) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • perfectly — c.1300, from PERFECT (Cf. perfect) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • perfectly — ► ADVERB 1) in a perfect way. 2) absolutely; completely …   English terms dictionary

  • perfectly — [pʉr′fikt lē] adv. 1. so as to be perfect; to a perfect degree 2. completely; fully …   English World dictionary

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  • perfectly — per|fect|ly [ pɜrfıktli ] adverb *** 1. ) used for emphasizing a particular quality: COMPLETELY: It s perfectly natural for parents to worry about their children. a ) know perfectly well used for saying in an annoyed way that someone should… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • perfectly — adverb 1 in a perfect way: She speaks English perfectly. | The colors match perfectly. 2 a word meaning very or completely, used especially when you are annoyed about something: We want to make our position perfectly clear! | You know perfectly… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • perfectly */*/*/ — UK [ˈpɜː(r)fɪk(t)lɪ] / US [ˈpɜrfɪk(t)lɪ] adverb 1) in a way that could not be better They are a perfectly matched couple. He took a perfectly ironed shirt from the wardrobe. 2) used for emphasizing a particular quality It s perfectly natural for… …   English dictionary

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