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



    BrE BrE//ˈæbsəluːtli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbsəluːtli//
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  1. 1  used to emphasize that something is completely true You're absolutely right. He made it absolutely clear. I’m not absolutely certain I posted it. It was absolutely pouring with rain.
  2. 2  absolutely no…, absolutely nothing used to emphasize something negative She did absolutely no work. There's absolutely nothing more the doctors can do.
  3. 3  used with adjectives or verbs that express strong feelings or extreme qualities to mean ‘extremely’ I was absolutely furious with him. She absolutely adores you. He's an absolutely brilliant cook.
  4. 4  
    BrE BrE//ˌæbsəˈluːtli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbsəˈluːtli//
    used to emphasize that you agree with somebody, or to give somebody permission to do something ‘They could have told us, couldn't they?’ ‘Absolutely!’ ‘Can we leave a little early?’ ‘Absolutely!’
  5. 5  absolutely not used to emphasize that you strongly disagree with somebody, or to refuse permission ‘Was it any good?’ ‘No, absolutely not.’
  6. Extra examples ‘Can I leave a little earlier today?’ ‘Absolutely!’ ‘They should have told me earlier, shouldn’t they?’ ‘Absolutely.’ He’s an absolutely brilliant cook. She absolutely adores you! That man does absolutely no work! There’s absolutely nothing more the doctors can do for him. You’re absolutely right.
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