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honestly

[ on-ist-lee ]
/ ˈɒn ɪst li /
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adverb

in an honest, truthful, or sincere manner: Parents are encouraged to speak honestly with their kids about drugs and alcohol.
actually; truly: She was honestly surprised that he’d remembered their anniversary at all.

interjection

(used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.): Honestly! I want to finish this work, and you keep interrupting.

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Origin of honestly

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English honestli(che) “honorably, respectably; respectfully; fittingly, properly”; see origin at honest, -ly
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How to use honestly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for honestly

honestly
/ (ˈɒnɪstlɪ) /

adverb

in an honest manner
(intensifier)I honestly don't believe it

interjection

an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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