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American English: /ˈri(ə)li/
British English: /ˈrɪəli/


  • 1 (in fact) I really did see him!
    ¡de verdad que lo vi!
    I really don't care
    la verdad es que no me importa
    the tomato is really a fruit
    el tomate en realidad or hablando con propiedad es una fruta
    it's sad really
    la verdad es que es una lástima
    do you like it? — not really
    ¿te gusta? — no mucho
    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.
  • 2 (as intensifier) it's really good/cheap/old
    es buenísimo/baratísimo/viejísimo
    es muy or [colloquial] super bueno/barato/viejo
    it was really hot
    hacía mucho calor
    she's really excited about her new job
    está entusiasmadísima con su nuevo trabajo
    you really should visit your mother
    la verdad es que deberías ir a ver a tu madre
    really and truly now it's really and truly broken
    ahora sí que está roto (de verdad)
    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.
  • 3 (as interjection) she won a prize — (oh,) really? (expressing interest)
    ganó un premio — ¿ah sí?
    she's nearly 40 — really? (expressing surprise)
    ronda los 40 — ¿de verdad? or ¡no me digas!
    you'll just have to wait — (well,) really! (expressing indignation)
    tendrá que esperar — ¡pero bueno!
    I mean, really: he's got a nerve no, really, I do want to come
    Example sentences
    • People remember 10%, 20%...Oh Really?
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