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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-choo-uh-lee]
    • /ˈæk tʃu ə li/
    • /ˈæktʃuəli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-choo-uh-lee]
    • /ˈæk tʃu ə li/

Definitions of actually word

  • adverb actually You use actually to indicate that a situation exists or happened, or to emphasize that it is true. 3
  • adverb actually You use actually when you are correcting or contradicting someone. 3
  • adverb actually You can use actually when you are politely expressing an opinion that other people might not have expected from you. 3
  • adverb actually You use actually to introduce a new topic into a conversation. 3
  • adverb actually as an actual fact; really 3
  • adverb actually (as sentence modifier) 3

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Origin of actually

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at actual, -ly

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Actually


actually popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% 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".

actually usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for actually

adj actually

  • absolutely — Absolutely means totally and completely.
  • indeed — in fact; in reality; in truth; truly (used for emphasis, to confirm and amplify a previous statement, to indicate a concession or admission, or, interrogatively, to obtain confirmation): Indeed, it did rain as hard as predicted. Did you indeed finish the work?
  • very — in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
  • literally — in the literal or strict sense: She failed to grasp the metaphor and interpreted the poem literally. What does the word mean literally?
  • really — in reality; actually: to see things as they really are.

adverb actually

  • truly — in accordance with fact or truth; truthfully.

Antonyms for actually

adverb actually

  • symbolically — serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
  • potentially — possibly but not yet actually: potentially useful information.
  • supposedly — assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
  • reputedly — according to reputation or popular belief: a reputedly honest man.
  • apparently — You use apparently to indicate that the information you are giving is something that you have heard, but you are not certain that it is true.

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