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actually

adverb (SURPRISE)    /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/ /-tju-/ /-tʃʊ.li/
B1 used in sentences in which there is information that is in some way surprising or the opposite of what most people would expect : I didn't like him at first, but in the end I actually got quite fond of him. I'm one of the few people who doesn't actually like champagne .humorous Don't tell me he actually paid for you!Expressions of surprise Grammar:Actual and actuallyGrammar:ActualActual is an adjective meaning ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘the thing in itself’. It does not refer to time. Actual always comes immediately before the noun it is describing:Grammar:Actually as a discourse markerGrammar:Actually as contrastWe can also use actually to correct someone politely:Grammar:Actual and actually: typical errors
(Definition of actually adverb (SURPRISE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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