[ ree-uh-lee, ree-lee ]
/ ˈri ə li, ˈri li /


in reality; actually: to see things as they really are.
genuinely or truly: a really honest man.
indeed: Really, this is too much.


(used to express surprise, exasperation, etc.)

Origin of really

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

Can be confused

really re-ally

Definition for really (2 of 2)


[ 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

Can be confused

really re-ally Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for really


/ (ˈrɪəlɪ) /


in reality; in actuality; assuredlyit's really quite harmless
truly; genuinelyreally beautiful


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


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