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 (rē′ə-lē′, rē′lē)
1. In actual truth or fact: There isn't really a lake there; it's just a mirage.
2. To a great degree; very much: I would really like to meet your sister.
3. Very; utterly: That was a really enjoyable evening.
4. Without a doubt; indeed: Really, I don't want more dessert.
Used to express surprise, skepticism, displeasure, or interest: "I've been reading her diary." "Really?"
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1. in reality; in actuality; assuredly: it's really quite harmless.
2. truly; genuinely: really beautiful.
3. an exclamation of dismay, disapproval, doubt, surprise, etc
4. not really? an exclamation of surprise or polite doubt
Usage: In strict usage adverbs of degree such as really, too, quite, very, and extremely are used only to qualify adjectives: he is really happy; she is very sad. By this rule, these words should not be used to qualify past participles that follow the verb to be, since they would then be technically qualifying verbs. With the exception of certain participles, such as tired or disappointed, that have come to be regarded as adjectives, all other past participles are qualified by adverbs such as much, greatly, seriously, or excessively: he has been much (not really) inconvenienced; she has been excessively (not too) criticized
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(ˈri ə li, ˈri li)

1. actually: things as they really are.
2. genuinely; truly: a really hot day.
3. indeed: Really, this is too much.
4. (used to express surprise, reproof, etc.)
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You use really in conversation and in less formal writing to emphasize something that you are saying.

Really usually goes in front of a verb, or in front of an adjective or adverb.

I really enjoyed that.
It was really good.
He did it really carefully.

You can put really in front of or after an auxiliary verb. For example, you can say 'He really is coming' or 'He is really coming'. There is no difference in meaning.

We really are expecting it to be a best-seller.
It would really be too much trouble.

Be Careful!
'Really' is not usually used in formal writing. Words such as very or extremely are usually used instead.

You can say 'Really?' to show that you are surprised by something that someone has said.

'I think he likes you.' – 'Really? He hardly spoke to me all day.'
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.really - in accordance with truth or fact or realityreally - in accordance with truth or fact or reality; "she was now truly American"; "a genuinely open society"; "they don't really listen to us"
2.really - in actual fact; "to be nominally but not actually independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"
3.really - in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)really - in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers); "in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire"; "really, you shouldn't have done it"; "a truly awful book"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
4.really - used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "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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1. certainly, absolutely, undoubtedly, genuinely, positively, categorically, without a doubt, assuredly, verily, surely I really do feel that some people are being unfair.
3. truly, actually, in fact, indeed, in reality, in actuality My father didn't really love her.
4. honestly, actually, truthfully, in all sincerity Do you really think he would be that stupid?
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. In point of fact:
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جداحَقَّاًحَقّاًحَقّا ! إنَّه لأمرٌ غَريب!في الحَقيقَه، في الواقِع
opravduskutečněve skutečnosti
í raun og verujæja, virkilegaverulegavirkilega
thực sựthực vậy


1. (as intensifier) (= very) it's really uglyes feísimo, es feo de verdad
a really good filmuna película buenísima or verdaderamente buena
you really must see itno puedes perdértelo
I really ought to gode verdad que me tengo que ir
I'm very sorry, I really amlo siento mucho, de veras
I really don't knowde verdad que no lo sé
this time we're really done foresta vez sí que la hemos hecho, esta vez la hemos hecho de verdad
see also something A2
2. (= genuinely) I don't really knowen realidad no lo sé
what really happened?¿qué fue lo que pasó en realidad or realmente?
has he really gone?¿de verdad que or es cierto que se ha ido?
she's quite pretty reallyla verdad es que es bastante guapa
"would you like to go?" - "not really"-¿te gustaría ir? -la verdad es que no mucho
B. EXCL really?: "he left an hour ago" - "really?" (expressing doubt) → -se marchó hace una hora -¿de verdad? or -¿de veras?
"I was in Mexico last month" - "really?" (expressing interest) → -estuve en Méjico el mes pasado -¿ah sí?
"she's getting divorced again" - "really!" (in surprise, disbelief) → -se va a divorciar otra vez -¡no me digas!
I'm fine, really (in assurance) → estoy bien, de verdad
(well) really! (in disapproval) → ¡de verdad!
(well) really! it's too bad of him¡pero bueno! or ¡de verdad!, vaya una forma de comportarse la suya
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[ˈrɪəli] adv
(for emphasis)vraiment
I'm very sorry. I really am → Je suis désolé. Vraiment désolé.
I really, really enjoyed it → Je me suis vraiment beaucoup amusé.
(= very) (with adjective or adverb)vraiment
She's really nice → Elle est vraiment sympathique.
It was really good → C'était vraiment bon.
I know her really well → Je la connais vraiment bien.
(= in actual fact) → vraiment
He didn't really love her → Il ne l'aimait pas vraiment.
What was really going on?
BUT Que se passait-il en réalité?.
(to soften a negative statement) not really → pas vraiment
"Do you want to go?" - "Not really." → "Tu veux y aller?" - "Pas vraiment."
I'm not really surprised → Ça ne me surprend pas vraiment.
(expressing disbelief, surprise or interest)ah bon?
"I'm learning German." - "Really?" → "J'apprends l'allemand." - "Ah bon?"
"You look lovely." - "Do you really think so?"
BUT "Tu es ravissante." - "Vraiment? Tu trouves?".
(expressing annoyance)enfin
really! → mais enfin!
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= in reality)wirklich, tatsächlich; I really don’t know what to thinkich weiß wirklich or tatsächlich nicht, was ich davon halten soll; I don’t really know what I’m going to doich weiß eigentlich nicht, was ich machen werde; I don’t really think sodas glaube ich eigentlich nicht; well yes, I really think we shouldich finde eigentlich schon, dass wir das tun sollten; before he really knew/understoodbevor er richtig or wirklich wusste/verstand; really and trulywirklich
(intensifier) → wirklich, echt (inf); glad, disappointedwirklich, richtig, echt (inf); he really is an idioter ist wirklich or echt (inf)ein Idiot; you really must visit ParisSie müssen wirklich Paris besuchen; I really must say …ich muss schon sagen
interj (in doubt, disbelief, surprise) → wirklich, tatsächlich; (in protest, indignation) → also wirklich!; not really!ach wirklich?
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[ˈrɪəlɪ] advdavvero, veramente
I don't really know → a dire la verità non lo so
he doesn't really speak Chinese, does he? → non parla cinese sul serio, vero?
I really ought to go home → devo proprio andare a casa
a really good party → una festa bellissima
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(riəl) adjective
1. which actually exists. There's a real monster in that cave.
2. not imitation; genuine. real leather; Is that diamond real?
3. actual. He may own the factory, but it's his manager who is the real boss.
4. great. a real surprise/problem.
(especially American) very; really. a real nice house.
ˈrealist noun
a person who sees, or claims to see, life as it is, without being affected by emotion etc.
ˈrealism noun
ˌreaˈlistic adjective
(negative unrealistic).
1. showing things as they really are. a realistic painting.
2. taking a sensible, practical view of life. I'd like to think we'd sell five of these a day, but it would be more realistic to say two.
ˌreaˈlistically adverb
reality (riˈӕləti) noun
1. that which is real and not imaginary. It was a relief to get back to reality after hearing the ghost story.
2. the state of being real.
3. (often in plural reˈalities) a fact. Death and sorrow are two of the grim realities of human existence.
ˈreally adverb
1. in fact. He looks a fool but he is really very clever.
2. very. That's a really nice hat!
an expression of surprise, protest, doubt etc. `I'm going to be the next manager.' `Oh really?'; Really! You mustn't be so rude!
real estate
(the buying and selling of) land and houses.
for real
(especially American) genuine; true. He says he's got a new bike, but I don't know if that's for real.
in reality
really; actually. He pretends to be busy, but in reality he has very little to do.
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حَقَّاً, حَقّاً skutečně virkelig wirklich αληθινά, πραγματικά de verdad, realmente todella vraiment uistinu davvero 本当に 정말, 정말로 echt, werkelijk virkelig naprawdę mesmo, realmente действительно verkligen โดยแท้จริง, อย่างแท้จริง gerçekten thực sự, thực vậy 真正地, 真的
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References in classic literature ?
There was a second lady in the dining-room, of a slight short figure, dark, and not agreeable to look at, but with some appearance of good looks too, who attracted my attention: perhaps because I had not expected to see her; perhaps because I found myself sitting opposite to her; perhaps because of something really remarkable in her.
The head of the family, you know, is the Duke of Exmoor; he is one of the few really stiff old Tory aristocrats left, a sound old crusted tyrant it is quite in our line to make trouble about.
"What disobedient children!" cried the old Water-rat; "they really deserve to be drowned."
Indeed, if there really is some day discovered a formula for all our desires and caprices--that is, an explanation of what they depend upon, by what laws they arise, how they develop, what they are aiming at in one case and in another and so on, that is a real mathematical formula--then, most likely, man will at once cease to feel desire, indeed, he will be certain to.
But now I have recovered from my amazement, and can think it over quietly, I must still venture to doubt whether this strange man is really mad in the true meaning of the word.
That isn't all the house really, but it's all that one notices--nine windows as you look up from the front garden.
Standing well at court, whether the king regnant was of the older or younger branch, whether the government was doctrinaire liberal, or conservative; looked upon by all as a man of talent, since those who have never experienced a political check are generally so regarded; hated by many, but warmly supported by others, without being really liked by anybody, M.
"I promised to go to a club in Whitechapel with her last Tuesday, and I really forgot all about it.
They called Peter the Great White Father, prostrating themselves [lying down] before him; and he liked this tremendously, so that it was not really good for him.
I think that even then I had an instinctive doubt whether formlessness was really better than formality.
He was extremely anxious now to discover whether this shop and these goods really existed, or whether the whole thing had been a hallucination.
"I don't know how you managed to make up your mind to come to Redmond at all, if you are really such an undecided person," said amused Priscilla.