actually

[ak-choo-uh-lee]
adverb
as an actual or existing fact; really.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see actual, -ly

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actually (ˈæktʃʊəlɪ)
 
adv
1.  a.  as an actual fact; really
 b.  (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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actually
late 15c., "actively," from actual (q.v.). Meaning "in fact, as opposed to possibility" is from 1580s; 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.
"Mod. use of actuality in the sense of realism, contact with the contemporary, is due to Fr. actualité, from actuel, which does not mean actual, real, but now existing, up to date." [Weekley]
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Example sentences
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.
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