[ ak-choo-uh-lee ]
/ ˈæk tʃu ə li /


as an actual or existing fact; really.

Origin of actually

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at actual, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for actually


/ (ˈæktʃʊəlɪ) /


  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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Word Origin and History for actually



early 15c., "in fact, in reality" (as opposed to in possibility), from actual + -ly (2). Meaning "actively, vigorously" is from mid-15c.; that of "at this time, at present" is from 1660s. As an intensive added to a statement and suggesting "as a matter of fact, really, in truth" it is attested from 1762.

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