Meaning of “honestly” in the English Dictionary

"honestly" in British English

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uk /ˈɒn.ɪ us /ˈɑː.nɪ

B2 in a way that is honest:

They have always dealt honestly and fairly with their customers.
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.ɪ us /ˈɑː.nɪ

(Definition of “honestly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 our customers.

(Definition of “honestly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)