certainly

adverb
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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Examples of certainly in a Sentence

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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Media certainly was complicit in concocting a very, very glossy perception of this cohort. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018 Its management team and board are both packed with industry veterans, and the company certainly appears conscious of the potential pitfalls. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range," 28 Nov. 2018 And while few cases spread outside the continent, the resulting panic certainly did. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 The arrangement, while certainly not for everyone, has been well-received by residents, the architects claim. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These Japanese homes were designed to encourage neighbor interaction," 15 Nov. 2018 And while any change is sure to bring out some haters, the praise will almost certainly drown them out, if the runways of New York Fashion Week are any indication. Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "What's Holding Victoria's Secret Back From Body Diversity on the Runway?," 9 Nov. 2018 He would almost certainly be involved in this particular aspect. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Her Two Rules for Writing a Good Sex Scene," 24 Oct. 2018 In any event, Microsoft will almost certainly try to talk up the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which, as the name suggests, is scheduled for a release sometime in October. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft announces October 2 event: New Surface devices inbound?," 7 Sep. 2018 So a newspaper that joined Texture would almost certainly see a much smaller payout from a Texture subscriber than one who signed up directly with one of the papers. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of certainly

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 \

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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