- 1used to show that you are almost certain of what you are saying and want other people to agree with you Surely we should do something about it? It's surely only a matter of time before he is found, isn't it?
- 2used with a negative to show that something surprises you and you do not want to believe it Surely you don't think I was responsible for this? “They're getting married.” “Surely not!” They won't go, surely?
- 3(formal) without doubt; certainly He knew that if help did not arrive soon, they would surely die.
- 4 (old-fashioned) (informal) used to say “yes” to someone or to agree to something Idioms
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making slow but definite progress We'll get there slowly but surely.
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