in fact; in reality; in truth; truly (used for emphasis, to confirm and amplify a previous statement, to indicate a concession or admission, or, interrogatively, to obtain confirmation): Indeed, it did rain as hard as predicted. Did you indeed finish the work?


(used as an expression of surprise, incredulity, irony, etc.): Indeed! I can scarcely believe it.

Nearby words

  1. indecl.,
  2. indeclinable,
  3. indecomposable,
  4. indecorous,
  5. indecorum,
  6. indef.,
  7. indefatigability,
  8. indefatigable,
  9. indefeasible,
  10. indefectible

Origin of indeed

1300–50; Middle English; orig. phrase in deed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indeed

British Dictionary definitions for indeed


sentence connector

certainly; actuallyindeed, it may never happen


(intensifier)that is indeed amazing
or rather; what is morea comfortable, indeed extremely wealthy family


an expression of doubt, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for indeed



early 14c., in dede "in fact, in truth," from Old English dæd (see deed). Written as two words till c.1600. As an interjection, 1590s; as an expression of surprise or disgust, 1834. Emphatic form in yes (or no) indeedy attested from 1856, American English.

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