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English definition of “certainly”

certainly

adverb uk   /ˈsɜː.tən.li/ us    /ˈsɝː-/

certainly adverb (IN NO DOUBT)

A2 used to reply completely or to emphasize something and show that there is no doubt about it: She certainly had a friend called Mark, but I don't know whether he was her boyfriend. "This is rather a difficult question." "Yes, it's certainly not easy." "Do you think more money should be given to education?" "Certainly!" "Had you forgotten about our anniversary?" "Certainly not! I've reserved a table at Michel's restaurant for this evening." A2 used when agreeing or disagreeing strongly to a request: "Could you lend me £10?" "Certainly." "Did you take any money out of my purse?" "Certainly not!"

certainly adverb (EXTREMELY LIKELY)

very likely to happen: She will certainly win the election if the opinion polls are accurate.
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