in·​deed | \ in-ˈdēd How to pronounce indeed (audio) \

Definition of indeed

1 : without any question : truly, undeniably often used interjectionally to express irony or disbelief or surprise
2 : in reality
3 : all things considered : as a matter of fact

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Examples of indeed in a Sentence

I know that you can indeed do better than that. that is not merely a reason, but is indeed the entire point
Recent Examples on the Web Prior to the 1933 passage of the 20th amendment, presidents were indeed sworn in on March 4. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "How Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. Hotel Feeds QAnon’s March 4 Conspiracy," 27 Feb. 2021 However, some did indeed survive, and would likely also survive on the surface of Mars if given the chance. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Life from Earth might survive on Mars, but not for long," 27 Feb. 2021 In order to understand the perspective of our patients better, one of our residents did indeed choose to spend a weekend on the streets, shadowing one of his patients. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deep love for humanity led to career in providing holistic medical care to underserved groups," 27 Feb. 2021 Buyers love them for adding a little height without sacrificing comfort—a rare feat indeed. Arielle Tschinkel And Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 12 best things to buy from the private Tory Burch sale happening now," 27 Feb. 2021 It's revealed that Reddington's plan is indeed to sell the data to an interested country: the United States. Jodi Walker,, "The Blacklist recap: The greater good," 27 Feb. 2021 What about enrichment to 60 percent, if that indeed occurs? Elliott Abrams, National Review, "Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran," 26 Feb. 2021 There was indeed, and the remains and artifacts of a sixth-century Anglo-Saxon burial ship stunned the world. Lauren Hill,, "What we’re watching: Stanley Tucci adventures to Italy, ‘When Calls the Heart’ and the friendly Muppets," 26 Feb. 2021 Most Haredim were indeed persuaded to leave the bread, but a few were not. New York Times, "How the Pandemic Nearly Tore Israel Apart," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of indeed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Indeed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indeed

: without any question
used in response to a statement that is regarded as doubtful or surprising
formal used when making a statement that adds to or strengthens a previous statement


in·​deed | \ in-ˈdēd How to pronounce indeed (audio) \

Kids Definition of indeed

: truly … their plan was indeed a risky one.— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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