re·​al·​ly | \ ˈrē-(ə-)lē How to pronounce really (audio) \

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

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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First Known Use of really

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

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“Really.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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re·​al·​ly | \ ˈrē-ə-lē How to pronounce really (audio) , 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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