actually

[ ak-choo-uh-lee ]
/ ˈæk tʃu ə li /

adverb

as an actual or existing fact; really.

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Origin of actually

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at actual, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for actually

actually
/ (ˈæktʃʊəlɪ) /

adverb

  1. as an actual fact; really
  2. (as sentence modifier)actually, I haven't seen him
at present
informal a parenthetic filler used to add slight emphasisI don't know, actually
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