re·​al·​ly | \ ˈrē-(ə-)lē How to pronounce really (audio) \

Definition of really

1a : 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 sense 1 look really close he runs really fast
2 used to emphasize an assertion you really should read Yeatsreally, you're being ridiculous

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Examples of really in a Sentence

The dog runs really fast. The water is really hot. She's a really nice person. I had a really good time at the party.
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Recent Examples on the Web For a lot of this contest, Walsh, as the two-term incumbent, was really the only thing that mattered., 13 Sep. 2021 Show choir really is a public school team sport that’s not funded by school, unlike sports, such as football. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 After all, isn’t curiosity really just another form of attention? New York Times, 13 Sep. 2021 DoorDash hasn’t really been able to improve the economics of its business despite its rapid growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The election won’t really be over even when the race is called. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 The Boca Raton outpost is really two restaurants in one, adds Yash Sareen, after his father this year decided to combine Arun’s menu with that of Taco Masala, his family’s Mexican-Indian mashup that opened in Lauderhill in 2018. Phillip Valys,, 13 Sep. 2021 So far, there really isn't much of a sign to expect a vastly different turnout by party than in 2020, when Biden easily won the state. Harry Enten, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 The steps at the Met have long incited a more-is-more dressing philosophy, and what is a face mask, really, but an extra accessory? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of really

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of really was in the 15th century

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“Really.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of really

used to refer to what is true or real
: without question or doubt
: to a great degree : very


re·​al·​ly | \ ˈrē-ə-lē How to pronounce really (audio) , ˈrē-lē \

Kids Definition of really

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

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