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certainly

[sur-tn-lee] /ˈsɜr tn li/
adverb
1.
with certainty; without doubt; assuredly:
I'll certainly be there.
2.
yes, of course:
Certainly, take the keys.
3.
surely; to be sure:
He certainly is successful.
Origin of certainly
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at certain, -ly
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  • She certainly knew he was liable to go at any time, in exactly the way he did go.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I certainly did need you to come along right now and set me straight.

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  • Too bad, though—you certainly need a wife to take the conceit out of you.

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  • "certainly, Robert," was the reply, but the lawyer's manner showed some surprise.

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  • "You certainly do know your business, son," said Uncle Peter, fervently.

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British Dictionary definitions for certainly

certainly

/ˈsɜːtənlɪ/
adverb
1.
with certainty; without doubt: he certainly rides very well
sentence substitute
2.
by all means; definitely: used in answer to questions
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Word Origin and History for certainly
adv.

c.1300, in all main modern senses, from certain + -ly (2).

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