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Meaning of “really” in the English Dictionary

"really" in British English

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reallyadverb

uk   /ˈrɪə.li/  us   /ˈriː.ə.li/
  • really adverb (NOT IMAGINARY)

B1 in fact: He isn't really angry - he's just pretending. You don't really expect them to refuse, do you?
A2 used to say that something is certain: Thank you, but I really couldn't eat another thing. He's really going to do it this time.

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  • really adverb (VERY)

A1 very or very much: She's really nice. This room is really hot. That's really interesting. It's a really difficult decision. "Did you like it? Not really (= no)."

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reallyexclamation

uk   /ˈrɪə.li/  us   /ˈriː.ə.li/
(Definition of really from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"really" in American English

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reallyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/
sincerely; truly: I’m really telling the truth this time. If she really cared about me, she would have called by now.
extremely: That was a really good movie. This room is really hot.
actually: What really happened that day? I just don’t know if we would really use it that much.

reallyexclamation

 us   /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/
  • really exclamation (EXPRESSING SURPRISE)

used to express interest, surprise, or annoyance: "Debbie and I are getting married." "Really? When?" Really, Jen, you should have let me know sooner.
(Definition of really from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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