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"absolutely" in British English

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absolutelyadverb

uk   /ˌæb.səˈluːt.li/  us   /ˌæb.səˈluːt.li/
B1 completely: I believed/trusted him absolutely. You must be absolutely silent or the birds won't appear. We've achieved absolutely nothing today.
B1 used for adding force to a strong adjective that is not usually used with "very" or to a verb expressing strong emotion: It's absolutely impossible to work with all this noise. The food was absolutely disgusting/delicious. I absolutely loathe/adore jazz.
B2 used as a strong way of saying "yes": "It was an excellent film, though." "Absolutely!"
absolutely not
C2 used as a strong way of saying "no": "Are you too tired to continue?" "Absolutely not!"

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absolutelyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈæb·səˌlut·li, ˌæb·səˈlut·li/
completely; beyond any doubt: You are absolutely right. Are you absolutely sure that you locked the front door?
Absolutely is also used in conversation to show emphasis in agreeing to something: "Can you lend me $10 till tomorrow?" "Absolutely, it’s no problem."
If you say absolutely not, you are showing emphasis in not agreeing to something: "You mean you won’t sign this?" "No, absolutely not."
(Definition of absolutely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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