[ sur-tn-lee ]
/ ˈsɜr tn li /


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

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


with certainty; without doubthe certainly rides very well

sentence substitute

by all means; definitely: used in answer to questions
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