indeed - definition and synonyms


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Indeed can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb (following ‘very’ and an adjective or another adverb): The results were very good indeed.
as a way of showing how a sentence or phrase is related to what has already been said: It would be difficult. Indeed it would be almost impossible.
as a sentence adverb (with an auxiliary verb or the verb ‘to be’, to emphasize the meaning of a whole sentence or clause): It is indeed an honour to have such an important guest with us today.‘Mr Benson wants to make a complaint.’ ‘Does he, indeed?’
  1. 1
    used for emphasizing the meaning of ‘very’

    Thank you very much indeed.

    We saw one dress I liked – it was very nice indeed.

  2. 2
    formal used for adding a statement that supports and increases the effect of what you have just said

    Brendel is certainly a fine musician. Indeed, I regard him as one of the greatest pianists of our time.

    The service will benefit the nation’s young people, and, indeed, all Americans.

  3. 3
    formal used for emphasis in statements, questions, and short answers

    ‘Do you remember Miss Hawkings?’ ‘I do indeed.’

    It is indeed a great tragedy that he died so young.

    ‘What would we do without him?’ ‘What indeed?’

  4. 4
    formal used for emphasizing that something is true when there is some doubt about it

    It was later proved that three of the pictures were indeed genuine Rembrandts.

    Much more evidence needs to be provided, if indeed it exists.

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

    ‘He says he’s too busy to see you now.’ ‘Does he, indeed?’