certainly

[ sur-tn-lee ]
/ ˈsɜr tn li /

adverb

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.

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Origin of certainly

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at certain, -ly
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certainly
/ (ˈsɜːtənlɪ) /

adverb

with certainty; without doubthe certainly rides very well

sentence substitute

by all means; definitely: used in answer to questions
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