Definition of ACTUALLY


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) in actual fact; "to be nominally but not actually independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt" ;

  • 2. (

    ) used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly; "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. (

    ) at the present moment; "the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air" ;

  • 4. (

    ) as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis; "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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