Definition of “definitely” - English Dictionary

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“definitely” in British English

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definitelyadverb

uk /ˈdef.ɪ.nət.li/ us /ˈdef.ən.ət.li/

B1 without any doubt:

Have you definitely decided to go to Costa Rica?
He definitely said he'd be here.
"Are you going to have children?" "Oh, definitely (= without any doubt)."
"She's not coming?" "No, definitely not."

More examples

  • Is this dish definitely ovenproof?
  • Her attitude has definitely changed for the better since she started this new job.
  • England have definitely been the weaker side in the first half of the game.
  • That ball was definitely in! It was nowhere near the line!
  • I definitely saw Sandra getting on the bus, so she must have decided not to work late.

(Definition of “definitely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“definitely” in American English

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definitelyadverb

us /ˈdef·ə·nət·li/

without any doubt; certainly:

I don’t like that place – I’m definitely not going back there.
"Are you really going to quit your job?" "Definitely!"
Note: Definitely is often used for emphasis, esp. in speech.

(Definition of “definitely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)