honestly

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adverb hon·est·ly \ˈä-nəst-lē\

Definition of honestly

  1. 1 :  in an honest manner: such asa :  without cheating counted the ballots honestlyb :  really, genuinely was honestly scaredc :  without frills food honestly prepared

  2. 2 :  to be honest :  to tell the truth honestly, I don't know

Examples of honestly in a Sentence

  1. Officials counted the votes honestly.

  2. The bank has always dealt honestly with me.

  3. I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today.

  4. He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made.

  5. She honestly believes that she has been mistreated.

First Known Use of honestly

14th century


HONESTLY Defined for English Language Learners

honestly

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adverb

Definition of honestly for English Language Learners

  • : without cheating or lying : in an honest way

  • : in a genuine way : without pretending

  • —used to stress that a statement is true


HONESTLY Defined for Kids

honestly

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adverb hon·est·ly \ˈä-nəst-lē\

Definition of honestly for Students

  1. 1 :  without cheating or lying :  in an honest manner They made their money honestly.

  2. 2 :  in a real and sincere way She was honestly scared.

  3. 3 —used to stress the truth or sincerity of what is being said Honestly, I don't know how you do it.

  4. 4 —used to show annoyance or disapproval Is that your excuse? Honestly!


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