actually

adverb ac·tu·al·ly \ ˈak-ch(ə-w)ə-lē , -sh(ə-w)ə-lē ; ˈaksh-lē , ˈaks- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of actually

1 : in act or in fact : really
  • trying to find out what actually happened
  • won't actually arrive for an hour
2 : in point of fact used to suggest something unexpected
  • was surprised to learn that she could actually speak German

Examples of actually in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of actually

Middle English actuelly, from actuel, actual actual + -ly 2-ly

actually Synonyms


ACTUALLY Defined for English Language Learners

actually

Definition of actually for English Language Learners

  • —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


ACTUALLY Defined for Kids

actually

adverb ac·tu·al·ly \ ˈak-chə-wə-lē \

Definition of actually for Students

: in fact : really
  • It's not a lie. It actually happened.


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