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actually - Dictionary definition and meaning for word actually

(adv) in actual fact
Synonyms : really
Example Sentence
  • to be nominally but not actually independent
  • no one actually saw the shark
  • large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt

(adv) used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
Synonyms : in reality
Example Sentence
  • you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out
  • she actually spoke Latin
  • they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets
  • people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous

(adv) at the present moment
Example Sentence
  • the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air

(adv) as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
Example Sentence
  • actually, we all help clear up after a meal
  • actually, I haven't seen the film
  • I'm not all that surprised actually
  • she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually

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