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    actually - Dictionary definition and meaning for word actually

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