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"honestly" in British English

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honestlyadverb

uk   /ˈɒn.ɪst.li/  us   /ˈɑː.nɪst-/
B2 in a way that is ​honest: They have always ​dealt honestly and ​fairly with ​theircustomers. I can't honestly say what ​time I'll be ​home. I'll do it ​tomorrow, honestly (= I ​promise that I will do it).

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honestlyadverb, exclamation

uk   /ˈɒn.ɪst.li/  us   /ˈɑː.nɪst-/
B1 used to ​emphasizedisapproval: Honestly, you'd ​think she'd have ​asked you first!
(Definition of honestly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"honestly" in American English

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honestlyadverb

 us   /ˈɑn·əst·li/
  • honestly adverb (EMPHASIS)

[not gradable] used to ​emphasize that you are ​telling the ​truth: I honestly don’t ​know what I did to ​upset her. Honestly, I ​wish I had ​time to do more ​reading.
  • honestly adverb (IN TRUTHFUL WAY)

in a way that is ​truthful: We always ​try to ​deal honestly with ​ourcustomers.
(Definition of honestly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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