really Definition

  • 1in actual truth or fact; truly
  • 2used to emphasize a statement or assertion
  • 3to a great degree; very

Using really: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "really" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I really don't know what to do.

  • Example

    I'm really sorry for being late.

  • Example

    Do you really think that's a good idea?

  • Example

    She's really talented at playing the piano.

  • Example

    I'm not really hungry right now.

really Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for really

Antonyms for really

Phrases with really

  • used to emphasize the sincerity or truth of a statement


    I really and truly believe that he is innocent.

  • used to indicate that something is not the case or is not as it appears


    I said I liked it, but not really.

  • used to express admiration or amazement about something


    That new car of yours is really something!


Summary: really in Brief

The adverb 'really' [ˈrɪəli] has three main definitions. Firstly, it means 'in actual truth or fact; truly.' Secondly, it is used to emphasize a statement or assertion. Lastly, it means 'to a great degree; very.' It is commonly used in phrases like 'really and truly,' 'not really,' and 'really something.'

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