Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “really”

See all translations

really

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/ us  

really adverb [not gradable] (SINCERELY)

sincerely; truly: I’m really telling the truth this time. If she really cared about me, she would have called by now.

really adverb [not gradable] (VERY GREAT)

extremely: That was a really good movie. This room is really hot.

really adverb [not gradable] (ACTUALLY)

actually: What really happened that day? I just don’t know if we would really use it that much.

really

exclamation  /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/ us  

really exclamation (EXPRESSING SURPRISE)

used to express interest, surprise, or annoyance: "Debbie and I are getting married." "Really? When?" Really, Jen, you should have let me know sooner.
(Definition of really from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of really?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “really” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More