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English definition of “really”

really

adverb
 
 
/ˈrɪəli/
VERY A1 very or very much: She's really nice. I really don't want to go. That's really interesting. "Did you like it then?" "Er, not really" (= no).Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
TRUTH B1 used when you are saying what is the truth of a situation: She tried to hide what she was really thinking. They didn't really say anything important.Reality and truth
Really? A2 used when you are surprised at what someone has just said: "Apparently, he's leaving." "Really?"InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of really from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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