cer·tain·ly | \-lē \

Definition of certainly 

1 : in a manner that is certain : with certainty

2 : it is certain that : assuredly

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It will certainly rain tomorrow. This year's festival was certainly much better than last year's. I'm certainly going to try. The new version is most certainly easier to use. The snake that bit her was almost certainly poisonous.
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First Known Use of certainly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of certainly

: without doubt

: of course


cer·tain·ly | \ˈsər-tᵊn-lē \

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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