really

adverb
re·al·ly | \ˈrē-(ə-)lē \

Definition of really 

1a : in reality : actually things as they really are there was nothing peculiar about her doing this, really— Peter Taylor

b : truly, unquestionably used as an intensifier a really beautiful day

c : very sense 1 look really close he runs really fast

2 used to emphasize an assertion you really should read Yeatsreally, you're being ridiculous

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Examples of really in a Sentence

The dog runs really fast. The water is really hot. She's a really nice person. I had a really good time at the party.
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Deep down, both these couples really do love each other, whereas Marie (Bérénice Bejo), the protagonist of After Love, has already given up on her spouse. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Marriage is too close for comfort in After Love and I Do . . . Until I Don’t," 30 Aug. 2017 Drawn in cursive lettering above the bar, the menu includes standards like espresso, drip coffee, and cappuccino—and the baristas really like to show off their latte art, too. Kristine Hansen, Vogue, "Is Phoenix the Coffee Capital of the Southwest?," 29 Aug. 2017 What really excited me was that a large portion of the people in our nation had bonded together to share in this experience. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: She’s ‘all-a-thrill’ following Pasadena Pops Gerswhin concert, partial eclipse experiences," 28 Aug. 2017 And has Buckleyite conservatism — which is undoubtedly in a crisis as evidenced by the shouting, curses, and stormings-out — really and finally cracked up? John O'sullivan, National Review, "Did William F. Buckley’s Conservative Project End in Failure?," 20 July 2017 The exhibit could have used some more concrete examples of Graham's temper, referred to throughout but not really detailed. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Bill Graham' rock and roll exhibit at the Holocaust Museum is a hit," 19 July 2017 Getting another power bat, also getting two short-inning guys who can make our bullpen really versatile. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Yankees’ Reinforcements Arrive, but to No Avail," 19 July 2017 And, while the bosses at Scarlet magazine are good-hearted and faithfully mentor their assistants, is that really an accurate, across-the-board representation of reality? Clio Chang, New Republic, "The Sex and the City of the Trump Era?," 19 July 2017 Well, white people really don’t want to listen to black music.’ Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Why the “Black Grateful Dead” Thrives Outside of Top 40 Radio," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of really

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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really

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of really

—used to refer to what is true or real

: without question or doubt

: to a great degree

really

adverb
re·al·ly | \ˈrē-ə-lē, ˈrē-lē\

Kids Definition of really

1 : in fact She didn't really mean it.

2 : without question It's a really fine day.

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