really

adverb re·al·ly \ ˈrē-(ə-)lē \

Definition of really

1 a : 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 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

  1. The dog runs really fast.

  2. The water is really hot.

  3. She's a really nice person.

  4. I had a really good time at the party.

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First Known Use of really

15th century



REALLY Defined for English Language Learners

really

adverb

Definition of really for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to what is true or real

  • : without question or doubt

  • : to a great degree


REALLY Defined for Kids

really

adverb re·al·ly \ ˈrē-ə-lē , ˈrē-lē \

Definition of really for Students

1 : in fact
  • She didn't really mean it.
2 : without question
  • It's a really fine day.


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