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adverb ac·tu·al·ly \ˈak-ch(ə-w)ə-lē, -sh(ə-w)ə-lē; ˈaksh-lē, ˈaks-\

Simple Definition of actually

  • —used to refer to what is true or real

  • —used to stress that a statement is true especially when it differs in some way from what might have been thought or expected

Full Definition of actually

  1. 1 :  in act or in fact :  really <nominally but not actually independent — Karl Loewenstein> <won't actually arrive for an hour>

  2. 2 :  in point of fact —used to suggest something unexpected <he could actually read the Greek>

Examples of actually

  1. <actually, I'd rather spend the evening at home>

  2. <I call her Aunt Emily, but she is actually my cousin, not my aunt.>



15th Century

First Known Use of actually

15th century


ACTUALLY Defined for Kids

actually

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adverb ac·tu·al·ly \ˈak-chə-wə-lē\

Definition of actually

  1. :  in fact :  really <It's not a lie. It actually happened.>





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