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Meaning of actually by Wiktionary Dictionary



    actual ( “real, true, veritable” ) + -ly


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈæk.( t )ʃʊ.ə.li/, /ˈæk.( t )ʃə.li/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈæk.( t )ʃu.ə.li/
    • ( US, nonstandard ) IPA: /ˈæk.ʃə.li/


    actually ( not comparable )

    1. ( modal ) In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively .
      Actually, I had nothing to do with that incident .
    2. ( obsolete ) actively
      Neither actually […] nor passively. — Fuller .

    Alternative form

    • actially ( nonstandard )

    Usage notes

    This is actually a really beautiful song. ( contrasting opinion )
    Actually, I'm not from France - I'm from Switzerland. ( contrary from assumption )
    At the check-out, the cashier actually greeted me for once. ( contrary from norm )

    See also

    1. ^ “She Literally Exploded : The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook”, Christopher Howse and Richard Preston ( Constable‧London, 2007; ISBN 978‒1‒84529‒675‒9 ), page 3
    2. ^ ibidem, page 4

Explanation of actually by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated

    2. you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out
      she actually spoke Latin
    3. in actual fact

    4. to be nominally but not actually independent
      no one actually saw the shark
      large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt
    5. as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis

    6. 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
    7. at the present moment

    8. the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air