in·​deed | \ in-ˈdēd How to pronounce indeed (audio) \

Essential Meaning of indeed

1 : without any question
2 used in response to a statement that is regarded as doubtful or surprising "I did my best." "Did you indeed?""The project is still on schedule." "Is it indeed?""He claims that it was just a misunderstanding." "Indeed?"
3 formal used when making a statement that adds to or strengthens a previous statement He likes to have things his own way; indeed, he can be very stubborn.She is quite lovely, indeed a beauty.Many people objected. Indeed, my uncle complained in writing.It is possible—indeed, probable—that the crime was an inside job.

Full Definition of indeed

1 : without any question : truly, undeniably often used interjectionally to express irony or disbelief or surprise
2 : in reality
3 : all things considered : as a matter of fact

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Examples of indeed in a Sentence

I know that you can indeed do better than that. that is not merely a reason, but is indeed the entire point
Recent Examples on the Web Heirs to thrones in other countries have often hidden their sexuality in fear of being dethroned and disowned, but few have indeed come out. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 Bogaerts did indeed start the next game, and the next, and the six following World Series contests., 14 Oct. 2021 Sure, people compare BTAC releases from year to year, and that is a fun exercise as some vintages are indeed better than others. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 Ophthalmologists interviewed by The Indianapolis Star indeed said his healing was inexplicable. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Oct. 2021 The second study, which Johnson & Johnson reported last month, indicated that a booster can indeed improve protection. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Yes, indeed — so what is the message being sent now? Elliott Abrams, National Review, 12 Oct. 2021 Though Toliver is indeed gifted at constructing moods, his new album tends to map well-trodden territory. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 Frankie was, indeed, used to a lot of human interaction. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of indeed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indeed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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: truly … their plan was indeed a risky one.— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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