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Definition of honestly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in an honest way I can't believe he got that money honestly. opposite
  2. 2used to emphasize that what you are saying is true, however surprising it may seem I didn't tell anyone, honestly! I honestly can't remember a thing about last night. You can't honestly expect me to believe that!
  3. 3(informal) used to show that you disapprove of something and are irritated by it Honestly! What will they think of next?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: honestly