ab·​so·​lute·​ly ˈab-sə-ˌlüt-lē How to pronounce absolutely (audio)
: in an absolute manner: such as
: completely or totally
absolutely certain
an absolutely clear explanation
often used as an intensive
an absolutely brilliant performancean absolutely awful experienceYou're absolutely right.
: with unlimited power
ruling absolutely
used in speech as a forceful way of saying "yes" or of expressing agreement
"Would you like to see a movie tonight?" "Absolutely!""We all need to work harder." "Absolutely!"
used in speech in the phrase absolutely not as a forceful way of saying "no" or of expressing disagreement
"Do you think he's right?" "Absolutely not!"
mathematics : with respect to absolute values
an absolutely convergent series

Example Sentences

He is absolutely certain who will win. Let me make one thing absolutely clear. Keep absolutely quiet during the movie.
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Word History


Middle English, from absolut absolute + -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of absolutely was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Absolutely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolutely. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ab·​so·​lute·​ly ˈab-sə-ˌlüt-lē How to pronounce absolutely (audio)
: in an absolute way : completely or definitely
you are absolutely right
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