Definition of really in English:

really

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

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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?

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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?
    Synonyms
    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.”

Phrases

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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