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indeed

[in-deed]
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adverb
  1. in fact; in reality; in truth; truly (used for emphasis, to confirm and amplify a previous statement, to indicate a concession or admission, or, interrogatively, to obtain confirmation): Indeed, it did rain as hard as predicted. Did you indeed finish the work?
interjection
  1. (used as an expression of surprise, incredulity, irony, etc.): Indeed! I can scarcely believe it.

Origin of indeed

1300–50; Middle English; orig. phrase in deed
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  • Yet his voice was unbroken and he was, indeed, unconscious of the tears.

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  • "Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • "If it be as you have said, Anaxagoras is indeed happier than princes," he replied.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • On the contrary, indeed, he appeared to joy immensely in Percival's way of life.

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  • He walked, indeed, with a step of amazing springiness for a man of his years.

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British Dictionary definitions for indeed

indeed

sentence connector
  1. certainly; actuallyindeed, it may never happen
adverb
  1. (intensifier)that is indeed amazing
  2. or rather; what is morea comfortable, indeed extremely wealthy family
interjection
  1. an expression of doubt, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for indeed

adv.

early 14c., in dede "in fact, in truth," from Old English dæd (see deed). Written as two words till c.1600. As an interjection, 1590s; as an expression of surprise or disgust, 1834. Emphatic form in yes (or no) indeedy attested from 1856, American English.

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