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really
WordNet 2.0
  • used as intensifiers
  • `real'' is sometimes used informally for `really''
  • `rattling'' is informal
  • "she was very gifted"
  • "he played very well"
  • "a really enjoyable evening"
  • "I''m real sorry about it"
  • "a rattling good yarn"
  • in accordance with truth or fact or reality
  • "she was now truly American"
  • "a genuinely open society"
  • "they don''t really listen to us"
  • in fact (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"
  • in actual fact
  • "to be nominally but not actually independent"
  • "no one actually saw the shark"
  • "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"
really
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To bring together again; to compose or form anew. Spenser.

  • 1. Royally. [Obs.] Chaucer.

  • 1. In a real manner; with or in reality; actually; in truth.

    "Whose anger is really but a short fit of madness." -- Swift.

    [MORE]
    Really is often used familiarly as a slight corroboration of an opinion or a declaration.

    "Why, really, sixty-five is somewhat old." -- Young.

 

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