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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot-lee, ab-suh-loot-]
    • /ˌæb səˈlut li, ˈæb səˌlut-/
    • /ˈæbsəluːtli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot-lee, ab-suh-loot-]
    • /ˌæb səˈlut li, ˈæb səˌlut-/

Definitions of absolutely word

  • adverb absolutely Absolutely means totally and completely. 3
  • adverb absolutely Some people say absolutely as an emphatic way of saying yes or of agreeing with someone. They say absolutely not as an emphatic way of saying no or of disagreeing with someone. 3
  • adverb absolutely in an absolute manner, esp completely or perfectly 3
  • sentence substitute absolutely yes; certainly; unquestionably 3
  • adverb absolutely completely or unconditionally 3
  • interjection absolutely yes 3

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Origin of absolutely

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1525-35; absolute + -ly

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Parts of speech for Absolutely


absolutely popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for absolutely

adv absolutely

  • doubtless — without doubt; certainly; surely; unquestionably.
  • precisely — definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
  • unconditionally — not limited by conditions; absolute: an unconditional promise.
  • unquestionably — not open to question; beyond doubt or dispute; indisputable; undeniable; certain: an unquestionable fact.
  • actually — You use actually to indicate that a situation exists or happened, or to emphasize that it is true.

interjection absolutely

  • aye — Aye means yes; used in some dialects of British English.
  • straight up — without a bend, angle, or curve; not curved; direct: a straight path.
  • yes — (used to express affirmation or assent or to mark the addition of something emphasizing and amplifying a previous statement): Do you want that? Yes, I do.
  • honestly — in an honest manner.

adverb absolutely

  • totally — wholly; entirely; completely.
  • very — in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
  • degree — You use degree to indicate the extent to which something happens or is the case, or the amount which something is felt.
  • certainly — You use certainly to emphasize what you are saying when you are making a statement.
  • agreed — If people are agreed on something, they have reached a joint decision on it or have the same opinion about it.

adjective absolutely

  • in fact — something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
  • in reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • as a matter of fact — You use as a matter of fact to introduce a statement that gives more details about what has just been said, or an explanation of it, or something that contrasts with it.
  • veritably — being truly or very much so: a veritable triumph.
  • dead — A person, animal, or plant that is dead is no longer living.

Antonyms for absolutely

adv absolutely

  • doubtfully — of uncertain outcome or result.
  • dubiously — doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply.
  • partially — being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.
  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • questionably — of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.

adverb absolutely

  • somewhat — in some measure or degree; to some extent: not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
  • perhaps — maybe; possibly: Perhaps the package will arrive today.

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