Definition of certainly in English:


Line breaks: cer|tain¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːt(ə)nli
, -tɪn-/


[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.
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."

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