certainly

adverb
cer·​tain·​ly | \ ˈsər-tᵊn-lē How to pronounce certainly (audio) \

Definition of certainly

1 : in a manner that is certain : with certainty
2 : it is certain that : assuredly

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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certainly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of certainly

: without doubt
: of course

certainly

adverb
cer·​tain·​ly | \ ˈsər-tᵊn-lē How to pronounce certainly (audio) \

Kids Definition of certainly

1 : without fail I will certainly help.
2 : without doubt You certainly don't look your age.

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