Definition of actually
- trying to find out what actually happened
- won't actually arrive for an hour
- was surprised to learn that she could actually speak German
actually, I'd rather spend the evening at home
I call her Aunt Emily, but she is actually my cousin, not my aunt.
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in actuality, in reality, in truth;
—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
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