Definition of surely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃʊəli/
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɔːli/


1 [sentence adverb] Used to emphasize the speaker’s firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt of this: if there is no will, then surely the house goes automatically to you
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  • True devotees surely know that there can be no compromise with them.
  • Those to whom a well struck word rings out straight and true will surely be aware that disenable is not a real word.
  • If this is true, surely each outlet should be doing all it can to ensure holiday-makers make return visits.
it must be the case that, I believe that, assuredly, without question
informal don't tell me that … not …
1.1Without doubt; certainly: if he did not heed the warning, he would surely die
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  • At the same time, these methods surely contain certain errors and assumptions.
  • I've been trying to look out for it and will surely die if I miss it again.
  • If he didn't hurry, there would be nowhere to hide, and he and Anne would surely die.
1.2 [as exclamation] North American informal Of course; yes: ‘You’ll wait for me?’ ‘Surely.’
2With assurance or confidence: no one knows how to move the economy quickly and surely in that direction
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  • She walked firmly and surely, every footstep getting stronger, and went to the door.
  • However, to move slowly and surely, you had to have a great deal of confidence.

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