[ adverb ] in accordance with truth or fact or reality


truly genuinely


"she was now truly American" "a genuinely open society" "they don't really listen to us"

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

`` Then we 'd really have someplace to go '' .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

He really crucified him .

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

In the fifth , Wally_Post slashed a 2 - run homer off Bud_Daley , but by that time the score was 11 - 5 and it really did n't matter .

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

It 's a wonder , really , to how much mendacious trouble Larkin puts himself to sell the Jerebohms that preposterous manse .

It is really as though the Russians have seen in this character the oftentimes underlying vitality and courage of supposed buffoons .

Related terms

true actual actual actual

[ 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

(Tom F. Driver, "Beckett by the Madeleine,"...)

It only means that there will be new form , and that this form will be of such a type that it admits the chaos and does not try to say that the chaos is really something else .

`` Well , really there is none at_all .

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

I leave_out of account the question of the best interests of the children , the question of what their best interests really are .

But can one , really ?

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

He did not really listen to others , had little interest in their ideas , and wanted to have his own way - which was the only right way .

Related terms

real actual real actual

[ adverb ] (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers) "in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire"


"really, you shouldn't have done it" "a truly awful book" (`forsooth' is archaic and now usually used to express disbelief)

Related terms


[ adverb ] intensifiers


very real rattling


"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")