S2 [ˈɔnıstli US ˈa:n-] adv
1.) used to emphasize that what you are saying is true, even though it may seem surprising
I honestly don't know how old my parents are.
I can honestly say that I never worry about him now.
2.) spoken used when you are shocked or annoyed by something someone has said or done
= ↑really
Honestly! Do you ever listen?
3.) spoken used to try to make someone believe that what you have just said is true
It wasn't me, honestly!
4.) in an honest way
= ↑truthfully
Tell me honestly, Kate, what do you think of John?
We talked openly and honestly.
'No, I don't,' she answered honestly.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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