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
actually, I'd rather spend the evening at home
I call her Aunt Emily, but she is actually my cousin, not my aunt.
Origin and Etymology of actually
First Known Use: 15th century
ACTUALLY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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