W1S1 [ˈrıəli] adv
2¦(the real situation)¦
4¦(not true)¦
6 not really
7 should/ought really
8 really and truly
1.) ¦(VERY)¦
a really good film
It was really cold last night.
He walks really slowly.
I'm really, really sorry.
used when you are talking about what actually happened or is true, rather than what people might wrongly think
Why don't you tell us what really happened?
Oliver's not really her brother.
I never know what he's really thinking.
She seems unfriendly at first, but she's really very nice.
3.) spoken ¦(DEFINITELY)¦
used to emphasize something you are saying
We really need that extra money.
I really don't mind.
I'm absolutely fine, Dad - really.
4.) spoken ¦(NOT TRUE)¦
used in questions when you are asking someone if something is true and suggesting that you think it is not true
Do you really think she's doing this for your benefit?
Do you really expect me to believe that?
5.) spoken a) really?
used to show that you are surprised by what someone has said
'He's Canadian.' 'Really?'
b) really?
used in conversation to show that you are listening to or interested in what the other person is saying
'We had a great time in Florida.' 'Really? How lovely.'
c) AmE used to show that you agree with someone
'Glen can be such a jerk.' 'Yeah, really!'
d) especially BrE used to show that you are angry or disapprove of something
Really, Larry, you might have told me!
6.) spoken not really
used to say 'no' or 'not' in a less strong way
'Do you want to come along?' 'Not really.'
I don't really know what he's doing now.
7.) spoken should/ought really
used to say what someone should do, especially when they are probably not going to do it
You should really go and see a doctor.
8.) spoken really and truly also really, truly AmE
used to emphasize a statement or opinion
He was really and truly a brilliant comedian.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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