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Definition of really adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈrɪli//
    , NAmE//ˈriəli//
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  1. 1used 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 President.
  2. 2used 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. Ireally and truly am in love this time.
  3. 3used to emphasize an adjective or adverb a really hot fire I'm really sorry. She was driving really fast.
  4. 4used, 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. 5used in questions and negative sentences when you want someone to say “no” Do you really expect me to believe that? I don't really need to go, do I?
  6. 6used to express interest in or surprise at what someone 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 someone has done Really, you could have told us before.
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