in·​deed | \ in-ˈdēd \

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

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Conditions have, indeed, become far worse for many women. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 2019 So with Ginny Rowe’s loss six days earlier, Wednesday’s entry point was, indeed, sorrow. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: The Bond Of Dee And Ginny Rowe Was The Bond For Countless Communities, A UConn Family," 12 July 2018 Parker, indeed, will be back in the AT&T Center someday. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker leaves San Antonio with emotion, but no regrets," 7 July 2018 Actual purchases were indeed about 80 trillion in 2015 and 2016—¥80.3 trillion and ¥78.6 trillion, to be exact. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Numbers Game: For the Bank of Japan, 80 Trillion Means About 20 Trillion," 21 Jan. 2019 Word to the wise: While tidying up can be, indeed, a life-changing experience, don't be too vigorous in your purging. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Netflix's "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" Is Perfect Meme Fodder," 3 Jan. 2019 The labels with the biggest season-over-season gains this year (Google would call them trending brands) were indeed Burberry, Celine, and Louis Vuitton men’s, which came in at one, two, and three respectively. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 5 Most Trending Runway Shows of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 That’s fair, since those—and any other spots that a lot of people touch regularly, like subway poles and office doorknobs—can indeed be quite germy. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These Are the Dirtiest Things in Your Home (Which You Should Clean Immediately)," 21 Dec. 2018 But although holding governments accountable is indeed vital, such thinking ignores a lot of potential impact. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of indeed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of indeed

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

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to deny responsibility for

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