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sure +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃʊ(ə)ɹli/, /ˈʃɔɹli/, /ˈʃɝli/, /ˈʃɔː.li/
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  • Homophone: Shirley (in some dialects)
  • Rhymes: -ɔːli


surely (comparative surelier or more surely, superlative sureliest or most surely)

  1. Without fail.
    slowly but surely
  2. Certainly, undoubtedly.
    Surely, you must be joking.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].
  3. With confidence.
    His feet were planted surely on the ground.


  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us [].



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