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"surely" in British English

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uk   /ˈʃɔː.li/  us   /ˈʃʊ
B2 used to ​express that you are ​certain or ​almostcertain about something: The ​problem surely ​lies in the ​design of the ​equipment.US formal "May I ​sit here?" "Surely." (= Yes, ​certainly.) Without more ​food and ​medicalsupplies, these ​people will surely not ​survive.
B2 used to ​expresssurprise that something has ​happened or is going to ​happen: Surely you don't ​expect me to ​believe that? Surely you're not going out on a ​night like this?

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

"surely" in American English

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surelyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʃʊər·li/  /ˈʃoʊr·li/
certainly; without any ​doubt: She is ​slowly but surely getting her ​strength back.
Surely can be used to ​expresssurprise, ​doubt, or ​disagreement: Surely you’re ​joking! Surely they could have done ​better than that (= I ​believe they could have done ​better).
(Definition of surely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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