[ UK /ˈækt‍ʃuːə‍li/ ]
[ US /ˈækˌtʃuəɫi, ˈækʃəɫi, ˈæktʃɫi/ ]
  1. as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
    I'm not all that surprised actually
    actually, we all help clear up after a meal
    actually, I haven't seen the film
    she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually
  2. used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
    people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous
    she actually spoke Latin
    you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out
    they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets
  3. at the present moment
    the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air
  4. in actual fact
    no one actually saw the shark
    large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt
    to be nominally but not actually independent
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How To Use actually In A Sentence

  • You do an estimate, and then it might cost a little bit more when you actually do the job.
  • A little bit overcast is actually a lot better than a sunny sky for us out there," Miller said. NHL players excited to go outdoors in Buffalo's chill
  • Said hi also to a few of the guys from Aereogramme after they'd finished up, but wasn't actually sure of who was there from Chemikal Underground or what they look like, so I was basically floating around and looking glaikit until Mags pointed out the Newsnight crew, and the nice interviewer man figured out who I was. Archive 2007-02-01
  • Failing to detain him could actually amount to abuse. The Sun
  • One afternoon, I grew bored and actually fell asleep for a few minutes.
  • Actually it's we that owe you a lot.
  • In most island arcs only a relatively small proportion of the individual volcanoes actually rise above sea level.
  • Of course, it was snuffed out because Mars is tectonically dead, so the recycling of chemicals that you get on Earth which keeps things going and supplies the surface biosphere would have actually ceased on Mars a lot earlier.
  • It would not be so bad if these tests were actually based on science or some objective measure but they are usually exercises in bureaucratic futility. Barack Obama Elected President of the United States | One Year Later...What's Changed?
  • They use cheap materials and actually destroy a lot of decent furniture and fittings in the process - if something is considered unfashionable it gets taken out or painted over.
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