Meaning of “obviously” in the English Dictionary

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"obviously" in British English

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uk /ˈɒə us /ˈɑːə

B1 in a way that is easy to understand or see:

He was in tears and obviously very upset.
Obviously the school cannot function without teachers.

More examples

  • She's obviously very intelligent, but her lectures are heavy going.
  • You obviously didn't read the instructions properly.
  • There was obviously a great physical attraction between them.
  • You've obviously put a lot of work in on your garden.
  • The report was obviously prepared with studious care and attention.

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

"obviously" in American English

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us /ˈɑb·vi·əs·li/

in a way that can be easily seen, recognized, or understood:

They were obviously exhausted after the game.
Obviously, you won’t be needing my help.

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