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[ak-choo-uh-lee] /ˈæk tʃu ə li/
as an actual or existing fact; really.
Origin of actually
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see actual, -ly Unabridged
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  • The ocean is often thought of as quiet and idyllic, but its residents are actually a noisy bunch.
  • The rice that we eat is actually a grain that is found inside the seed hull.
  • Writing became part of my responsibilities, and I actually began to enjoy the process.
  • Appreciation could actually fuel inflation.
  • People really don't have any idea what's actually going on.
  • It helped bring us closer to understanding the universe as it actually is, rather than how we might imagine it to be.
  • He was quite determined, actually, defiant about his position as a penniless poet in a society that had no use for such a person.
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British Dictionary definitions for actually


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

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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