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sure•ly(ˈʃʊər li, ˈʃɜr-)
surely definitely certainly naturally
You use surely for emphasis when you are objecting to something that has been said or done.
Don't use 'surely' simply to give strong emphasis to a statement. Use definitely.
In British English, you don't use 'surely' when you are agreeing with something that has been said, or confirming that something is true. Use certainly.
American speakers use both surely and certainly to agree with requests and statements.
Don't use 'surely' to emphasize that something is what you would expect in particular circumstances. Use naturally.
|Adv.||1.||surely - definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely'); "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
surely it is better to steal than to starve → mejor será robar que pasar hambre, digo or creo yo
it is surely no coincidence that → digo or creo yo que no es una coincidencia que ...
surely it's obvious? → pero si es obvio, ¿no?
surely the logical thing would have been to change banks? → lo más lógico habría sido cambiar de banco, ¿no?
you surely don't think it was me! → ¡no pensarás que fui yo!
surely not → no puede ser
surely to God
surely to goodness surely to God that's what everyone wants → está claro que es eso lo que quiere todo el mundo ¿no?
surely to goodness that itself is reason enough to call the police → seguro que eso en sí mismo es motivo suficiente para llamar a la policía, ¿no?
she was surely one of the greatest sopranos of all time → sin duda fue una de las sopranos más destacadas de todos los tiempos
justice will surely prevail → sin duda la justicia prevalecerá
he is an artist, just as surely as Rembrandt → es pintor, tan seguro como que lo era Rembrandt
his time will surely come → no cabe duda de que le llegará su momento
"will you excuse me just a second?" - "surely" → -¿me permite un momento? -¡por supuesto! or (LAm) -¡cómo no!
Surely you don't mean that! → Vous ne parlez pas sérieusement!
Surely you've been to London? → Tu as bien dû aller à Londres, non?
The shops are closed on Christmas Day, surely? → J'imagine que les magasins sont fermés le jour de Noël, non?