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[ak-choo-uh-lee] /ˈæk tʃu ə li/
adverb
1.
as an actual or existing fact; really.
Origin of actually
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see actual, -ly
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actually

/ˈæktʃʊəlɪ/
adverb
1.
  1. as an actual fact; really
  2. (as sentence modifier): actually, I haven't seen him
2.
at present
3.
(informal) a parenthetic filler used to add slight emphasis: I don't know, actually
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Word Origin and History for actually
adv.

early 15c., "in fact, in reality" (as opposed to in possibility), from actual + -ly (2). Meaning "actively, vigorously" is from mid-15c.; that of "at this time, at present" is from 1660s. As an intensive added to a statement and suggesting "as a matter of fact, really, in truth" it is attested from 1762.

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