ob·​vi·​ous·​ly | \ ˈäb-vē-əs-lē How to pronounce obviously (audio) \

Definition of obviously

1 : in an obvious manner showed his anger obviously
2 : as is plainly evident Obviously, something is wrong. She obviously enjoys her work.

Examples of obviously in a Sentence

She obviously enjoys her work. Their answer was obviously wrong. That's obviously not her real name.
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Recent Examples on the Web Discoveries in information technology have obviously been massive--the Internet and the smartphone. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DAVID BROOKS: The coming technology boom," 14 Feb. 2021 Schumer, never one to take on quixotic causes, has obviously been worried that witnesses, subpoenas, and depositions would tie up the Senate for weeks. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Botched Democratic Effort to Convict Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 To her, climate change is obviously an important factor in the northern expansion of Northeast Atlantic mackerel. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 This obviously isn’t on Robertson, but the McGinn goal showed why a Robertson-Hintz-Gurianov line isn’t perfect. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Despite his critics, Stars rookie Jason Robertson is finding ways to contribute at the NHL level," 11 Feb. 2021 The Super Bowl interlude comes from the first half of the track — which obviously gives House of Balloons its name, making the throwback reference all the more obvious — and is actually about the Weeknd seducing a woman in his bedroom. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Show Was Secretly Very Sexy," 8 Feb. 2021 Living with Mirzan has obviously been beneficial for Garip. Ergin Yildiz And Robert Badendieck, Star Tribune, "Turkish man strikes up 37-year friendship with swan," 8 Feb. 2021 But with tests running $200 each on top of PPE and contact tracing, the finances of pulling a safe primetime-worthy SB halftime show are obviously a major consideration until the pandemic begins to wane. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "How The NFL Pulled Off a Safe Super Bowl LV Halftime Show in the Middle of a Pandemic," 8 Feb. 2021 The kid is obviously a problem, but there isn’t a mean bone in the alien’s body and his instinct is to run away. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Captain Comics: Get to know Harry Vanderspeigle," 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of obviously

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2021

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“Obviously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obviously. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obviously

: in a way that is easy to see, understand, or recognize
used to emphasize that you are talking about something that is easy to see, understand, or recognize

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