American English

Definition of indeed adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used to emphasize a positive statement or answer “Was he very angry?” “Indeed he was.” “Do you agree?” “Yes, indeed/Indeed I do.” “You said you'd help?” “I did indeed—yes.” It is indeed a remarkable achievement.
  2. 2used after very and an adjective or adverb to emphasize a statement, description, etc. Thank you very much indeed! I was very sad indeed to hear of your father's death.
  3. 3(formal) used to add information to a statement I don't mind at all. Indeed, I would be delighted to help.
  4. 4(informal) used to show that you are surprised at something or that you find something ridiculous A ghost indeed! I've never heard anything so silly.
  5. 5(informal) used when you are repeating a question that someone has just asked and showing that you do not know the answer “Why did he do it?” “Why indeed?”
  6. Idioms
    a friend in need (is a friend indeed) (saying)
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    a friend who gives you help when you need it (is a true friend)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: indeed