[ adverb ] in actual fact
"to be nominally but not actually independent" "no one actually saw the shark" "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"
Used in print([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)
Is an arbitrary retirement age of 65 actually costing your plant money ?(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
Where it is not actually erupting , it rumbles and smolders in sullen resentment like a volcano , ready to explode at any moment .(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)
On one of his 1921 ventures he was actually come_upon by a Detective_Sergeant_John_J._Ryan down on his knees with a tool embedded in a labour office safe in the Postal_Telegraph_Building ; the jury wanted better evidence than that and he was acquitted , at a cost of $ 30000 in bribes , it was estimated .(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
The role of an earthquake in starting the destruction of whole cities is tremendously frightening , but fire may actually be the principal agent in a particular disaster .(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)
What is noteworthy about this large group of teen-agers is that , although their attitudes hardly differentiate them from their gentile counterparts , they actually lead their lives in a vast self_enclosed Jewish cosmos with relatively little contact with the non Jewish world .
[ adverb ] used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
"you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out" "she actually spoke Latin" "people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous"
Used in print(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)
Have you actually checked_out ( not just mentally tested ) different selling approaches designed to counter the price competition problem ?(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)
One wife , described by a New_York psychologist , so dominated her husband that she actually placed their sexual_relationship on a schedule , writing it down right between the weekly PTA meetings and the Thursday night neighborhood card parties .(Dell Shannon, The Ace of Spades....)
The sweat broke_out on Mr._Skyros ' forehead as he realized he had been actually thinking - hoping - planning - perhaps -(Richard S. Prather, "The Bawdy Beautiful," Cavalier...)
Actually , only two men know what the formula is , Blake and '' - He stopped and looked at Thor 's body .(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)
Actually , she had hated him before she ever saw him .
[ adverb ] at the present moment
"the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"
[ adverb ] as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
"actually, we all help clear up after a meal" "actually, I haven't seen the film" "I'm not all that surprised actually" "she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"