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really

[ ree-uh-lee, ree-lee ]
/ ˈri ə li, ˈri li /
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adverb
in reality; actually: to see things as they really are.
genuinely or truly: a really honest man.
indeed: Really, this is too much.
interjection
(used to express surprise, exasperation, etc.)
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Origin of really

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at real1, -ly

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH really

really , re-ally

Other definitions for really (2 of 2)

re-ally
[ ree-uh-lahy ]
/ ˌri əˈlaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), re-al·lied, re-al·ly·ing.
to ally again or anew.

Origin of re-ally

1425–75; late Middle English realy<Middle French real(l)ier;see rally1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-ally

really, re-ally
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British Dictionary definitions for really

really
/ (ˈrɪəlɪ) /

adverb
in reality; in actuality; assuredlyit's really quite harmless
truly; genuinelyreally beautiful
interjection
an exclamation of dismay, disapproval, doubt, surprise, etc
not really? an exclamation of surprise or polite doubt

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