really

adverb

re·​al·​ly ˈrē-(ə-)lē How to pronounce really (audio)
1
a
: in reality : actually
things as they really are
there was nothing peculiar about her doing this, reallyPeter 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 Yeats
really, you're being ridiculous

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of really was in the 15th century

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“Really.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/really. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

really

adverb
re·​al·​ly ˈrē-(ə-)lē How to pronounce really (audio)
ˈri(-ə)l-ē
1
: in actual fact : actually
didn't really mean it
2
: without question : truly
a really beautiful day
3
: very entry 2 sense 2
look really close
he runs really fast
4
: to be honest : frankly

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