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See also re-ally
- (UK) IPA: /ˈɹɪəli/, X-SAMPA: /"rI@li/
- (US) IPA: /ˈɹiəli/, /ˈɹili/, /ˈɹɪli/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: re‧al‧ly
- (modal) Actually; in fact; in reality.
- "He really is a true friend." / "Really? What makes you so sure?"
- (informal, as an intensifier) Very (modifying an adjective); very much (modifying a verb).
- But ma, I really, really want to go to the show!
Usage notes 
- Like its synonyms, really is, in practice, often used to preface an opinion, rather than a fact. (See also usage notes for actually.)
- Increasingly people are recognising what's really important is having children.
informally, as an intensifier
- Indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information; to express skepticism.
- A: He won the Nobel Prize yesterday.
- B: Really?
- (colloquial, sarcastic, typically exaggerated question.) Indicating that what was just said was obvious and unnecessary; contrived incredulity
- A: I've just been reading Shakespeare - he's one of the best authors like, ever!
- B: Really.
- (colloquial, chiefly US) Indicating affirmation, agreement.
- A: That girl talks about herself way too much.
- B: Really. She's a nightmare.
- Indicating displeasure at another person's behaviour or statement.
- Well, really! How rude.
indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information
indicating affirmation, agreement
indicating displeasure at another person's behaviour
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Translations to be checked
- ^ Marriner, C (15-01-2005), "The Sydey Morning Herald article 'When men turn clucky'", The Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed on 2009-04-12.