Meaning of “perfectly” in the English Dictionary

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"perfectly" in British English

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perfectlyadverb

uk /ˈpɜː.fekt.li/ us /ˈpɝː.fekt.li/

B1 in a perfect way:

The jacket fits perfectly, the skirt not so well.
They're perfectly suited.

B2 used to emphasize the word that follows:

To be perfectly honest, I don't care any more.
You know perfectly well what the matter is.
I made it perfectly clear to him what I meant.
I was perfectly happy on my own.

More examples

  • With her qualifications, she should fit the job perfectly.
  • Those two lines of poetry express perfectly the profound sadness of loss.
  • There's no need to shout, I can hear perfectly well.
  • The earth is not perfectly spherical.
  • She sat perfectly still while I took her photograph.

(Definition of “perfectly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perfectly" in American English

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perfectlyadverb

us /ˈpɜr·fɪkt·li/

perfectly adverb (RIGHT)

extremely well; in a perfect way:

He managed everything perfectly.

Perfectly can also mean very or completely:

I want to make it perfectly clear that I have no intention of selling this company.

(Definition of “perfectly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)