Definition of indeed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdiːd/


1Used to emphasize a statement or response confirming something already suggested: it was not expected to last long, and indeed it took less than three weeks ‘She should have no trouble hearing him.’ ‘No indeed.’
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  • These are dramatic figures which suggest something is indeed seriously awry with Bermuda's black men.
  • First, it suggests that there is indeed a distinction between affective and normative commitment.
  • As you no doubt suspected or has already been confirmed, it was indeed a suicide.
archaic in sooth, verily
yes, certainly, assuredly, emphatically, absolutely, exactly, precisely, of course, definitely, quite, positively, naturally, without (a) doubt, without question, unquestionably, undoubtedly, doubtlessly, indubitably;
informal you bet, you got it, I'll say
1.1Used to emphasize a description: it was a very good buy indeed
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  • And so it was that I spent most of the day pulling up small clumps of grass from the gravel drive. Best described as very Zen indeed.
  • He painted a pretty grim picture indeed of what he described as the perilous state of health services, in Kerry.
  • For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.
all that, to a great extent, most, so;
Scottish  unco;
French très;
Northern English  right
informal, dated devilish, hellish, frightfully
British informal ever so, well, bloody, dead, jolly, fair
North American informal real, mighty, powerful, awful, plumb, darned, way, bitching
South African informal lekker
archaic exceeding
2Used to introduce a further and stronger or more surprising point: the idea is attractive to many men and indeed to many women
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  • McCarthy played very well when introduced and, indeed, finished as his side's top scorer.
  • Never mind that Neon Lights is totally void of a well-constructed song, or indeed a strong vocal performance.
  • Adding to my surprise, and, indeed, to that of the viewers around the globe, was his sharp memory and mental alertness.
3Used in a response to express interest, surprise, or contempt: ‘A ghost indeed! I’ve never heard anything so silly.’
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  • How, indeed, had a boy who looked not much older then she did survive all alone in the woods with all kinds of dangers?
  • ‘That will show them. "More like a grocer than a burglar" indeed! Well, we'll hear no more of that.’
  • So this was his last adventure! Haunted indeed! That beautiful devil!
3.1Expressing interest of an ironical kind with repetition of a question just asked: ‘Who’d believe it?’ ‘Who indeed?’
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  • ‘So what exactly do they want to hide?’ What indeed?
  • ‘No, no! Who should we bury, Sir?’ returned the sexton. ‘Aye, who indeed! I say with you, who indeed!’


Middle English: originally as in deed.

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