Meaning of “certainly” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /ˈsɜːtənli/
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If she was upset, she certainly didn't show it.I certainly wouldn't advocate the use of violence.Racial problems are certainly not limited to the south.He's leaving? Well that's certainly news to me.I certainly wouldn't tell him he looked fat.

A2 used to emphasize something and show that there is no doubt about it:

Their team certainly deserved to win.
"Are your parents paying for dinner?" "I certainly hope so."
She may never find out. I'm certainly not going to tell her.
"Do you regret what you said?" "Certainly not!"

A2 used to agree to a request:

"Could you pass the salt, please?" "Certainly."

(Definition of “certainly” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)