HyperDic: actually

English > 4 senses of the word actually:
ADVERBallactually, reallyin actual fact
allactually, in realityused to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated
allactuallyat the present moment
allactuallyas a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
actually > pronunciation
Soundsae'kchahwahliy; ae'kchliy; ae'kshahliy; ae'kshliy
Rhymesably ... zealously: 1543 rhymes with liy...
English > actually: 4 senses > adverb 1
MeaningIn actual fact.
Examples
  • "to be nominally but not actually independent"
  • "no one actually saw the shark"
  • "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"
Synonymreally
Spanishrealmente, verdaderamente
Adjectivesactualexisting in act or fact
English > actually: 4 senses > adverb 2
MeaningUsed to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly.
Examples
  • "you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out"
  • "she actually spoke Latin"
Synonymin reality
Catalanen realitat
English > actually: 4 senses > adverb 3
MeaningAt the present moment.
Example"the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"
Spanishactualmente
English > actually: 4 senses > adverb 4
MeaningAs a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis.
Examples
  • "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"

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