- with certainty; without doubt; assuredly: I'll certainly be there.
- yes, of course: Certainly, take the keys.
- surely; to be sure: He certainly is successful.
Origin of certainly
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- with certainty; without doubthe certainly rides very well
- by all means; definitely: used in answer to questions
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