View synonyms for really


[ ree-uh-lee, ree-lee ]


  1. in reality; actually:

    to see things as they really are.

  2. genuinely or truly:

    a really honest man.

  3. indeed:

    Really, this is too much.


  1. (used to express surprise, exasperation, etc.)


/ ˈrɪəlɪ /


  1. in reality; in actuality; assuredly

    it's really quite harmless

  2. truly; genuinely

    really beautiful


  1. an exclamation of dismay, disapproval, doubt, surprise, etc
  2. not really?
    not really? an exclamation of surprise or polite doubt

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Word History and Origins

Origin of really1

First recorded in 1400–50; real 1( def ) + -ly ( def )

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Example Sentences

Really, is it any wonder that fluoride should freak people out?

How far has Congress really evolved on race when in 50 years it has gone from one black senator to two?

With Charlie Hebdo, “you really have a clean case here,” Shearer said.

To do so is to deify a celebrity for being what we need them to be, while willfully ignoring who they really are.

It is a spy series at its core, but you guys never really pull from the headlines.

Was he really condemned to an eternal solitude because of the girl who had died so many years ago?

The "new world" was really found in the wonder-years of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

She stood, in her young purity, at one end of the chain of years, and Mrs. Chepstow—did she really stand at the other?

His enemies persistently insinuated that he was really returning to Spain to support the clericals actively.

Really, he had made astonishing speed for one who had tunnelled his way underp.


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