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    really - Dictionary definition and meaning for word really

    (adv) in accordance with truth or fact or reality
    Synonyms : genuinely , truly
    Example Sentence
    • she was now truly American
    • a genuinely open society
    • they don't really listen to us
    (adv) in actual fact
    Synonyms : actually
    Example Sentence
    • to be nominally but not actually independent
    • no one actually saw the shark
    • large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt
    (adv) in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
    Synonyms : in truth , truly
    Example Sentence
    • in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
    • really, you shouldn't have done it
    • a truly awful book
    (adv) used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    Synonyms : rattling , real , very
    Example Sentence
    • she was very gifted
    • he played very well
    • a really enjoyable evening
    • I'm real sorry about it
    • a rattling good yarn
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