really Meaning, Definition & Usage
adverb in accordance with truth or fact or reality
- she was now truly American
- a genuinely open society
- they don't really listen to us
adverb in actual fact
- to be nominally but not actually independent
- no one actually saw the shark
- large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt
adverb in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
truly; in truth.
- in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
- really, you shouldn't have done it
- a truly awful book
adverb used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
very; real; rattling.
- she was very gifted
- he played very well
- a really enjoyable evening
- I'm real sorry about it
- a rattling good yarn
In a real manner; with or in reality; actually; in truth.
Whose anger is really but a short fit of madness. Swift.
✍ Really is often used familiarly as a slight corroboration of an opinion or a declaration.
Why, really, sixty-five is somewhat old. Young.
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