- 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 optionsMore example sentences
- 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 emphasize a statement or opinion: I really want to go I’m sorry, Ruth, I really amMore example sentences
- 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?More example sentences
- 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 dayMore example sentences
very, extremely, thoroughly, decidedly, awfully, terribly, frightfully, dreadfully, fearfully, exceptionally, exceedingly, immensely, uncommonly, remarkably, eminently, extraordinarily, most, positively, downright; heartily; Scottish unco; North American quite; French très• informal terrifically, tremendously, right, devilishly, ultra, too … for words, mucho, mega, seriously, majorly, oh-so, stinkingSouth African • informal lekker• informal , • dated devilish
- 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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really and truly
- Used to emphasize the sincerity of a statement or opinion: I sometimes wonder whether you really and truly love meMore example sentences
- 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.