Definition of actually in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaktʃʊəli/


1As the truth or facts of a situation: we must pay attention to what young people are actually doing
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  • If Reynolds was still in her job, it might have been possible to actually get the facts on that.
  • In fact, from the above conclusions the truth is actually even more complicated.
  • Somewhere in this mass of opinions and actual fact lies the truth about what is actually safe.
2 [sentence adverb] Used to emphasize that something someone has said or done is surprising: he actually expected me to be pleased about it!
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  • I was actually quite surprised that people were very eager to share their plants.
  • Visitors to this blog will be surprised to find it actually contains some words and not just a series of random pictures.
  • The big surprise is that I actually hit some deliveries, although I have no idea how.
literally, to all intents and purposes, in effect;
even, though it may seem strange, believe it or not, surprisingly, as it happens
archaic forsooth
2.1Used when expressing a contradictory or unexpected opinion or correcting someone: ‘Tom’s happy anyway.’ ‘He isn’t, actually, not any more.’
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  • Contrary to popular opinion, county cricket actually has quite a lot going for it.
  • Despite appearances to the contrary, squirrels are actually pretty mean.
  • It wasn't any torture in the hospital; on the contrary it was actually enjoyable.
really, in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in reality, in actuality, in truth, if truth be told, to tell the truth
dated indeed, truly
archaic in sooth, verily
rare in the concrete
2.2Used to introduce a new topic or to add information to a previous statement: he had a thick Cockney accent—he sounded like my grandad actually
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  • I am a small fry; actually I am just small and no fry because this statement has already fried me.
  • When he had agreed (actually he had been dragged into it) to working in is his father's law firm he never knew it would be this much work.
  • Oh, my copy of this album (actually I have two) doesn't contain the bonus tracks.

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