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
Clint Bowyer did some fishing While surely still celebrating his second win of the season on June 10 at Michigan International Speedway, Bowyer spent some time relaxing with a fishing pole and his son, Cash.
The frustration was surely setting in by the second half.
How this never raised concern among Delos staff seems puzzling—surely the lab techs who stitch their heads back together would at some point notice and get spooked by the warriors’ macabre artwork.
If Tesla could tip the auto industry toward electrification, surely a company like Gogoro could do the same for the scooter market, where problems like air (and noise) pollution are still rampant.
Slowly but surely, Germany were getting into their rhythm and Mexico began to retreat deeper into their own half.
Certainly, the plants and animals that live along the shore will not be able to adapt and there will be losses as the water — slowly but surely — creeps farther inland.
The Monday broadcast is expected to have some exciting news baked into it—with Abloh’s first LV show just three days later surely some spoilers might slip in to the broadcast.
Beyond those difficulties, lawsuits would surely follow.
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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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