[ UK /ɹˈi‍əli/ ]
[ US /ˈɹiɫi, ˈɹɪɫi/ ]
  1. used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    he played very well
    I'm real sorry about it
    a really enjoyable evening
    she was very gifted
    a rattling good yarn
  2. in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
    in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
    a truly awful book
    really, you shouldn't have done it
  3. in accordance with truth or fact or reality
    a genuinely open society
    they don't really listen to us
    she was now truly American
  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 really In A Sentence

  • Someone who really wanted to stop unsanctioned immigration would begin here, by busting the small contractors who employ these workers on a contingent basis.
  • Do you really want ambient and drum'n'bass remixers stomping on your world music? Times, Sunday Times
  • Watching celebs suffer from hunger and lack of home comforts is somehow really entertaining. The Sun
  • He called the foiled butt "Really juicy and nearly perfect. Physicist Cracks BBQ Mystery
  • Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.
  • A lot of schools don't really encourage team sports .
  • When I ask if he spends money on anything really extravagant, he looks a bit uncertain. Times, Sunday Times
  • I think a lot of players from bigger clubs have spent time on loan at smaller clubs and it has really helped.
  • It was a bit too clean and antiseptic to be really considered an evil lair.
  • I really felt like both of us were gonna be excited for the other one if we won and that meant a lot.
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