Definition of absolutely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈabsəˌl(y)o͞otlē/
Pronunciation: /ˌabsəˈl(y)o͞otlē/


1With no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally: she trusted him absolutely [as submodifier]: you’re absolutely right
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  • I can assure all the people in Pennsylvania these allegations are absolutely, totally and unequivocally false.
  • I absolutely and totally agree with what Thatcher said
  • I absolutely and totally support what he's doing.
completely, totally, utterly, perfectly, entirely, wholly, fully, quite, thoroughly, unreservedly;
definitely, certainly, positively, unconditionally, categorically, unquestionably, undoubtedly, without (a) doubt, without question, surely, unequivocally;
exactly, precisely, decisively, conclusively, manifestly, in every way, in every respect, one hundred percent, every inch, to the hilt
informal dead
1.1Used to emphasize a strong or exaggerated statement: he absolutely adores that car it’s absolutely pouring out there [as submodifier]: Dad was absolutely furious
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  • As for Ciccolini, his account is absolutely gorgeous with a strong improvisatory element.
  • Also an actor and professional MC, he absolutely adores his train gig and is quite possibly the happiest mall worker in the history of shopping.
  • Of this much I'm certain - Down will be absolutely furious when I tell him that his words have been twisted in this way.
1.2 [with negative] None whatsoever: she had absolutely no idea what he was talking about
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  • Unless you were listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, just as I was, you probably have absolutely no idea whatsoever.
  • The second point, my Lord, is that merely being offered some nebulous assurance at this stage provides absolutely no comfort whatsoever.
  • However, there's absolutely no indication whatsoever that the people who met with Vincent did anything improper.
1.3 [as exclamation] informal Used to express and emphasize one’s assent or agreement: “Did they give you a free hand when you joined the band?” “Absolutely!”
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  • And if I'd known about the UK Competitive Eating championships, I would have had a bash, absolutely!
  • Yes, we certainly do need to try to change New Zealand's culture of binge drinking - absolutely!
yes, indeed, of course, definitely, certainly, quite, without (a) doubt, without question, unquestionably;
affirmative, by all means
2Independently; not viewed in relation to other things or factors: white-collar crime increased both absolutely and in comparison with other categories
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  • An historical account will be valid or correct, not absolutely, but in relation to a specific emergent context.
  • This results in increasing site rent, both absolutely and relatively.
  • Today, America's production of world wealth, both absolutely and relatively, is accelerating.
2.1 Grammar (Of a verb) without a stated object.

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Syllabification: ab·so·lute·ly

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