Definition of certainly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːt(ə)nli/


[sentence adverb]
1Used to emphasize the speaker’s belief that what is said is true: the prestigious address certainly adds to the firm’s appeal
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  • It may be true of good wine, but it is certainly not true of a good sommelier.
  • On the other hand, if it turns out to be true, they certainly can claim to have been the first to mention it.
  • It is certainly not true to say that trains do not stop in Guiseley because they are already full.
unquestionably, surely, assuredly, definitely, beyond question, without question, beyond doubt, unequivocally, indubitably, undeniably, irrefutably, indisputably, incontrovertibly, incontestably, obviously, patently, manifestly, evidently, plainly, clearly, transparently, palpably, unmistakably, conclusively, undisputedly, undoubtedly;
there are no two ways about it
informal as sure as eggs is eggs
1.1Used to indicate that a statement is made as a concession or contrasted with another: our current revenues are certainly lower than anticipated
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  • It was certainly quite a contrast from the last time when I saw him as Hilarion in Giselle.
  • His spirits have certainly not been lowered by the slump afflicting several of his players.
  • There is certainly no indication that the house was put to any other use during these gaps.
admittedly, beyond question, without question, definitely, undoubtedly, without a doubt
1.2Used to express complete agreement with something that has just been said: ‘A good idea,’ she agreed. ‘Certainly!’
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  • "Certainly, madam," he replied.
  • "Why, certainly," replied Hardin, amiably. "We're all scholars more or less."
  • "Why certainly. This one here, this cute plushie, is great for girls of that age."
yes, definitely, absolutely, sure, by all means, quite, indeed, of course, positively, naturally, without doubt, without question, unquestionably;
British dated rather

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