Definition of Actually in English :

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Actually meaning in English

Meaning of Actually in English

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1. actually, really

in actual fact

Example Sentences:
'to be nominally but not actually independent'
'no one actually saw the shark'
'large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt'

2. actually, in reality

used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly

Example Sentences:
'you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out'
'she actually spoke Latin'
'they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets'
'people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous'

3. actually

at the present moment

Example Sentences:
'the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air'

4. actually

as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis

Example Sentences:
'actually, we all help clear up after a meal'
'actually, I haven't seen the film'
'I'm not all that surprised actually'
'she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of actually
as an actual fact; really
(as sentence modifier)
actually, I haven't seen him
at present
3. informal
a parenthetic filler used to add slight emphasis
I don't know, actually

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see synonyms of actually
as a matter of actual fact; really

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of actually
1. In fact; in reality: That tree is actually a fir, not a pine.
2. Used to express wonder, surprise, or incredulity: I actually won the lottery!

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