[shoo r-lee, shur-]
- firmly; unerringly; without missing, slipping, etc.
- undoubtedly, assuredly, or certainly: The results are surely encouraging.
- (in emphatic utterances that are not necessarily sustained by fact) assuredly: Surely you are mistaken.
- inevitably or without fail: Slowly but surely the end approached.
- yes, indeed: Surely, I'll go with you!
Origin of surely
2. See sure.
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Surely those are not the steps that lead down toward the bath?
Surely there must have been God's intent in the making of this new-world Republic.
But she cannot surely be so mean as to purchase her peace with them at so dear a rate.
The only man in the world, surely, that could offer so much, and deserve so little!
He won't go this day, for the young priest will stop him surely.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
- without doubt; assuredlythings could surely not have been worse
- without fail; inexorably (esp in the phrase slowly but surely)
- (sentence modifier) am I not right in thinking that?; I am sure thatsurely you don't mean it?
- rare in a sure manner
- archaic safely; securely
- (sentence substitute) mainly US and Canadian willingly; of course; yes
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Word Origin and History for surely
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