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Syllabification: re·al·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈrē(ə)lē

Definition of really in English:


1In actual fact, as opposed to what is said or imagined to be true or possible: so what really happened? they’re not really my aunt and uncle [sentence adverb]: really, there are only three options
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  • In actual fact I didn't really see him make many mistakes with that at all.
  • In actual fact, what you really see in the television studio is a blank blue screen.
  • If they really are true supporters, they might consider getting behind the club and working for its future.
1.1Used to add strength, sincerity, or seriousness to a statement or opinion: I really want to go I’m sorry, Ruth, I really am you really ought to tell her
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  • It is really time that the opinions of the people of this country were heard clearly by our politicians.
  • Normally, that ought to be a sure sign to someone like me that I really ought to forget about it.
  • The negative ones echo my own opinion that the book really isn't very good.
1.2Seriously (used in questions and exclamations with an implied negative answer): do you really expect me to believe that?
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  • Are we really entitled to shout questions at politicians and expect answers whenever we want?
  • In the face of the complicated nature of pornography can any of us really answer this seemingly simple question?
  • In a time of increased tensions, is further segregation really the answer?
2 [as submodifier] Very; thoroughly: I think she’s really great a really cold day he writes really well
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  • Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.
  • The problem is, this is the bit about card writing and receiving I really enjoy.
  • The woman who wrote it was really off with me right from the minute we met.


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1Used to express interest, surprise, or doubt: “I’ve been working hard.” “Really?”
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  • People remember 10%, 20%...Oh Really?
no kidding, for real, is that so, is that a fact, is that right
1.1Used to express mild protest: really, Marjorie, you do jump to conclusions!
1.2chiefly US Used to express agreement: “It’s a nightmare finding somewhere to live in this town.” “Yeah, really.”


really and truly

Used to emphasize the sincerity of a statement or opinion: I sometimes wonder whether you really and truly love me
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  • But ‘despite all that, it is still not a proper job and I continue to have the distinct feeling that, really and truly, I should have been at work.’
  • What seems to have been forgotten in all this recent discussion of the fairness of lodging house bylaws is that students, really and truly, are very different from average citizens.
  • I'll try, really and truly, to snap out of it quickly.

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