Meaning of “absolutely” in the English Dictionary


"absolutely" in English

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uk /ˌæb.səˈluː us /ˌæb.səˈluː

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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(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 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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