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very [= extremely]:
a really good film
It was really cold last night.
He walks really slowly.
I'm really, really sorry.
used when you are talking about what actually happened or is true, rather than what people might wrongly think:
the real situation
Why don't you tell us what really happened?
Oliver's not really her brother.
I never know what he's really thinking.
She seems unfriendly at first, but she's really very nice.
used to emphasize something you are saying:
We really need that extra money.
I really don't mind.
I'm absolutely fine, Dad - really.
used in questions when you are asking someone if something is true and suggesting that you think it is not true [= honestly]:
Do you really think she's doing this for your benefit?
Do you really expect me to believe that?
used to show that you are surprised by what someone has said:
'He's Canadian.' 'Really?'
used in conversation to show that you are listening to or interested in what the other person is saying:
'We had a great time in Florida.' 'Really? How lovely.'
c) American English
used to show that you agree with someone:
'Glen can be such a jerk.' 'Yeah, really!'
d) especially British English
used to show that you are angry or disapprove of something:
Really, Larry, you might have told me!
used to say 'no' or 'not' in a less strong way:
'Do you want to come along?' 'Not really.'
I don't really know what he's doing now.
used to say what someone should do, especially when they are probably not going to do it:
You should really go and see a doctor.
8 spoken also really, truly American English
used to emphasize a statement or opinion:
He was really and truly a brilliant comedian.