hon·​est·​ly | \ ˈä-nəst-lē How to pronounce honestly (audio) \

Definition of honestly

1 : in an honest manner: such as
a : without cheating counted the ballots honestly
b : really, genuinely was honestly scared
c : without frills food honestly prepared
2 : to be honest : to tell the truth honestly, I don't know

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Examples of honestly in a Sentence

Officials counted the votes honestly. The bank has always dealt honestly with me. I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today. He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made. She honestly believes that she has been mistreated.
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Recent Examples on the Web So lots going on right now, but still lots of daylight, honestly, between us and our Republican friends. CBS News, 6 June 2021 Well, honestly, though, the legislative process is not working at all. ABC News, 6 June 2021 There’s going to be a real push in the next few years – honestly starting now – to get people into the cybersecurity world. cleveland, 6 June 2021 First, companies need to build the foundation of trust with customers by picking the right message and messenger to communicate honestly and consistently. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Improved medical knowledge represents progress, but honestly admitting to a past error may lead patients to see them as incompetent, breeding mistrust. Amitha Kalaichandran, Wired, 3 June 2021 In barber shops, Black men could speak openly and honestly about a range of topics, including their health -- and that seems to continue today. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 2 June 2021 From a ferry ride to falling in love over crabs and wine (an amazing combination, honestly), the beginnings are sometimes comical, other times, heartwarming. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 1 June 2021 Chris Paul, recovered from a shoulder problem that had limited his shooting, scored 18 points and had a game-high nine assists in demonstrating to an unhappy crowd at Staples Center just how honestly Phoenix had earned its No. 2 seeding. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of honestly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honestly was in the 14th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Honestly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honestly. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of honestly

: without cheating or lying : in an honest way
: in a genuine way : without pretending
used to stress that a statement is true


hon·​est·​ly | \ ˈä-nəst-lē How to pronounce honestly (audio) \

Kids Definition of honestly

1 : without cheating or lying : in an honest manner They made their money honestly.
2 : in a real and sincere way She was honestly scared.
3 used to stress the truth or sincerity of what is being said Honestly, I don't know how you do it.
4 used to show annoyance or disapproval Is that your excuse? Honestly!

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