Definition of actually in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈak(t)SH(o͞o)əlē/


1As the truth or facts of a situation; really: we must pay attention to what young people are actually doing the time actually worked on a job
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  • If Reynolds was still in her job, it might have been possible to actually get the facts on that.
  • In fact, from the above conclusions the truth is actually even more complicated.
  • Somewhere in this mass of opinions and actual fact lies the truth about what is actually safe.
2 [as sentence adverb] Used to emphasize that something someone has said or done is surprising: he actually expected me to be pleased about it!
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  • I was actually quite surprised that people were very eager to share their plants.
  • Visitors to this blog will be surprised to find it actually contains some words and not just a series of random pictures.
  • The big surprise is that I actually hit some deliveries, although I have no idea how.
2.1Used when expressing a contradictory or unexpected opinion or correcting someone: “Tom seems to be happy.” “He isn’t, actually, not any more.”
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  • Contrary to popular opinion, county cricket actually has quite a lot going for it.
  • Despite appearances to the contrary, squirrels are actually pretty mean.
  • It wasn't any torture in the hospital; on the contrary it was actually enjoyable.
2.2Used to introduce a new topic or to add information to a previous statement: he had a thick Brooklyn accent—he sounded like my grandfather actually
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  • I am a small fry; actually I am just small and no fry because this statement has already fried me.
  • When he had agreed (actually he had been dragged into it) to working in is his father's law firm he never knew it would be this much work.
  • Oh, my copy of this album (actually I have two) doesn't contain the bonus tracks.

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Syllabification: ac·tu·al·ly

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