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re-ally

[ree-uh-lahy] /ˌri əˈlaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), re-allied, re-allying.
1.
to ally again or anew.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English realy < Middle French real(l)ier; see rally1
Can be confused
really, re-ally.

really

[ree-uh-lee, ree-lee] /ˈri ə li, ˈri li/
adverb
1.
in reality; actually:
to see things as they really are.
2.
genuinely or truly:
a really honest man.
3.
indeed:
Really, this is too much.
interjection
4.
(used to express surprise, exasperation, etc.)
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English; see real1, -ly
Can be confused
really, re-ally.
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British Dictionary definitions for really

really

/ˈrɪəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in reality; in actuality; assuredly: it's really quite harmless
2.
truly; genuinely: really beautiful
interjection
3.
an exclamation of dismay, disapproval, doubt, surprise, etc
4.
not really?, an exclamation of surprise or polite doubt
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Word Origin and History for really
adv.

c.1400, originally in reference to the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, from real (adj.) + -ly (2). Sense of "actually" is from early 15c. Purely emphatic use dates from c.1600; interrogative use (oh, really?) is first recorded 1815.

re-ally

v.

"to form an alliance again," c.1600, from re- + ally (v.). Related: Re-allied.

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