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Meaning of “absolutely” in the English Dictionary

"absolutely" in British English

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absolutelyadverb

uk   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 ​addingforce to a ​strongadjective that is not usually used with "very" or to a ​verbexpressingstrongemotion: It's absolutely ​impossible to ​work with all this ​noise. The ​food was absolutely ​disgusting/​delicious. I absolutely ​loathe/​adorejazz.B2 used as a ​strong way of saying "yes": "It was an ​excellentfilm, 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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(Definition of absolutely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absolutely" in American English

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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 ​frontdoor? 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 ​showingemphasis 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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