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English definition of “really”

really

adverb uk   /ˈrɪə.li/ us    /ˈriː.ə-/

really adverb (NOT IMAGINARY)

B1 in fact: He isn't really angry - he's just pretending. You don't really expect them to refuse, do you? A2 used to say that something is certain: Thank you, but I really couldn't eat another thing. He's really going to do it this time.

really adverb (VERY)

A1 very or very much: She's really nice. This room is really hot. That's really interesting. It's a really difficult decision. "Did you like it? Not really (= no)."

really

exclamation uk   /ˈrɪə.li/ us    /ˈriː.ə-/
A2 used to express interest, surprise, or anger: "I'm getting married to Fred." "Really? When?" "She's agreed to do a parachute jump for charity." "Really? Do you think she'll do it?" "He hasn't brought the book back." "Oh, really! That's the second time I've asked him!"
(Definition of really from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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