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adverb, interjection     really pronunciation in British English
Really can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb (with a verb): Do you really love her? (before an adjective or adverb): She’s a really nice person.I played really well on Saturday.
as a sentence adverb (making a comment on the whole sentence or clause): Really, it isn’t important.
as an interjection: ‘I don’t care what you think.’ ‘Well, really!’
  1. 1
    spoken very, or very much

    I’m really hungry.

    some really useful information

    She really enjoys working with young children.

    We’ve all been working really hard.

  2. 2
    used for emphasizing what you are saying about a situation

    I really must settle down to some serious work.

    There’s really no need to worry.

    I really ought to have phoned Annie to let her know we’d be late.

    really and truly:

    Do you really and truly believe that he’ll come back to you?

  3. 3
    [usually in negatives or questions] completely

    Rigby had never really recovered from his knee injury.

    Are you really sure that you want to marry this man?

    It isn’t really a dictionary – it’s a sort of phrase book.

  4. 4
    used for talking about what is in fact true, especially when something else seems to be true

    Hamlet isn’t really mad – he’s just pretending to be.

    We’ll never know what really happened.

    Everyone seems to have admired Diana, but what was she really like as a person?

  5. 5
    spoken used for showing that you are surprised by or interested in what someone has just told you

    ‘I’ve decided to move back to York.’ ‘Really? But why?’

    ‘Emma will be 21 in April.’ ‘Will she really? I hadn’t realized.’

    ‘It was the best holiday we’ve ever had .’ ‘Oh, really?’

  6. 6
    used for showing that you do not approve of what someone has done or said

    Really, Amanda! What a dreadful thing to say!

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