Definition of really adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈriːəli//
    , also BrE//ˈrɪəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːəli//
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  1. 1  used to say what is actually the fact or the truth about something What do you really think about it? Tell me what really happened. They are not really my aunt and uncle. I can't believe I am really going to meet the princess.
  2. 2  used to emphasize something you are saying or an opinion you are giving I want to help, I really do. Now I really must go. I really don't mind. He really likes you. I really and truly am in love this time.
  3. 3  used to emphasize an adjective or adverb a really hot fire I'm really sorry. She was driving really fast.
  4. 4  used, often in negative sentences, to reduce the force of something you are saying I don't really agree with that. It doesn't really matter. ‘Did you enjoy the book?’ ‘Not really(= ‘no’ or ‘not very much’). We’ve done well, really. The position of really can change the meaning of the sentence. I don’t really know means that you are not sure about something; I really don’t know emphasizes that you do not know. (Look at sense 2.)
  5. 5  used in questions and negative sentences when you want somebody to say ‘no’ Do you really expect me to believe that? I don't really need to go, do I?
  6. 6  used to express interest in or surprise at what somebody is saying ‘We're going to Japan next month.’ ‘Oh, really?’ ‘She's resigned.’ ‘Really? Are you sure?’
  7. 7used to show that you disapprove of something somebody has done Really, you could have told us before.
  8. Extra examples I really love it here. I’m really sorry. This is a really nice place. so/​really good so/​really wonderful
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: really

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