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positivelyadverb

  • positively adverb (CERTAINLY)

 us   /ˈpɑz·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ without a ​doubt; ​certainly: I positively will be there.
  • positively adverb (HAPPILY)

 us   /ˈpɑz·ət̬·ɪv·li/ with ​willingness to ​agree; ​happily : I just don’t ​respond positively to being ​bossed around.
  • positively adverb (WITH ELECTRICITY)

physics us   /ˈpɑz·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ with the ​type of ​electricalchargecarried by ​protons: positively ​charged
  • positively adverb (COMPLETELY)

 /ˈpɑz·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ [not gradable] (used to ​addforce to an ​expression) ​completely: You ​look positively ​gorgeous in that ​outfit!
(Definition of positively from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"positively" in British English

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positivelyadverb

uk   /ˈpɒz.ə.tɪv.li/  us   /ˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv-/
  • positively adverb (WELL)

B2 in a good or ​positive way: I don't ​respond very positively to being ​bossed around - it just makes me ​angry.

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  • positively adverb (CERTAINLY)

certainly: He said ​quite positively that he would come, so I've ​saved a ​place for him.
  • positively adverb (COMPLETELY)

informal used to ​emphasize something, ​especially something that is ​unexpected: That ​salesassistant was positively ​rude to me!
(Definition of positively from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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