Definition of “really” - English Dictionary

“really” in British English

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uk /ˈrɪə.li/ us /ˈriː.ə.li/

really adverb (NOT IMAGINARY)

B1 in fact:

He isn't really angry - he's just pretending.
You don't really expect them to refuse, do you?

A2 used to say that something is certain:

Thank you, but I really couldn't eat another thing.
He's really going to do it this time.

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really adverb (VERY)

A1 very or very much:

She's really nice.
This room is really hot.
That's really interesting.
It's a really difficult decision.
"Did you like it? Not really (= no)."

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uk /ˈrɪə.li/ us /ˈriː.ə.li/

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

“really” in American English

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reallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/

really adverb [ not gradable ] (SINCERELY)

sincerely; truly:

I’m really telling the truth this time.
If she really cared about me, she would have called by now.

really adverb [ not gradable ] (VERY GREAT)


That was a really good movie.
This room is really hot.

really adverb [ not gradable ] (ACTUALLY)


What really happened that day?
I just don’t know if we would really use it that much.


us /ˈri·ə·li, ˈri·li/

really exclamation (EXPRESSING SURPRISE)

used to express interest, surprise, or annoyance:

"Debbie and I are getting married." "Really? When?"
Really, Jen, you should have let me know sooner.

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

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