sure vs. surely
- I can never know how much I bored her, but, be certain, she sure amused me
- —Norman Mailer
- it's a moot point whether politicians are less venal than in Twain's day. But they're sure as the devil more intrusive
- —Alan Abelson
- he sure gets them to play
- —D. S. Looney
- I surely don't want to leave the impression that I had an unhappy childhood
- —E. C. Welsh
- it would surely be possible, within a few years, to program a computer to construct a grammar
- —Noam Chomsky
- surely a book on the avant-garde cannot be so conventional
- —Karl Shapiro
Examples of surely in a Sentence
She answered quickly and surely.
He will surely be missed.
This is surely the best dessert you have ever made.
Surely you must admit that it was a good decision.
Recent Examples of surely from the Web
Political watchdogs will surely take note to whether or not Comey drops the anti-Trump shtick when speaking to a non-partisan anchor.
While the company surely counts as a monopoly — during the hearing, Zuckerberg struggled to name a serious competitor — traditional antitrust law requires a showing of economic harm to the public.
Fans might be getting bored with the A-Day concept: Poor weather was surely a factor, but the number of empty seats at A-Day had to be disheartening for those inside the program.
This year's theme for the Summit of the Americas is transparency and anti-corruption efforts, issues that would have surely evoked thoughts of the unspooling special counsel investigation embroiling Trump and his circle in the United States.
This statement was not uttered as an excuse, although that is surely how some will take it.
In sum, Texas still ranks low relative to other states in fourth-grade reading performance among Hispanics and lower-income students, an issue that surely will draw scrutiny following the release of NAEP results.
The club are sixth in the Serie A table and are eight points behind Lazio in third, which is surely too big a gap to make up with only seven games remaining, especially with Inter and Roma in the mix.
This of course brings up a number of questions about free will and destiny that the writers will surely expand on in the coming episodes.
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First Known Use of surely
all right, alright, assuredly, certainly, clearly, definitely, doubtless, easily, hands down, inarguably, incontestably, incontrovertibly, indeed, indisputably, plainly, really, so, sure, truly, unarguably, undeniably, undoubtedly, unquestionably;
by all means, by all odds, damn well, for certain, for sure;
SURELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surely for English Language Learners
: in a confident way
: without a doubt
—used in negative statements to show surprise that something could be true
SURELY Defined for Kids
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