[shoor-lee, shur-]
firmly; unerringly; without missing, slipping, etc.
undoubtedly, assuredly, or certainly: The results are surely encouraging.
(in emphatic utterances that are not necessarily sustained by fact) assuredly: Surely you are mistaken.
inevitably or without fail: Slowly but surely the end approached.
yes, indeed: Surely, I'll go with you!

1300–50; Middle English surliche. See sure, -ly

2. See sure. Unabridged
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surely (ˈʃʊəlɪ, ˈʃɔː-)
1.  without doubt; assuredly: things could surely not have been worse
2.  without fail; inexorably (esp in the phrase slowly but surely)
3.  (sentence modifier) am I not right in thinking that?; I am sure that: surely you don't mean it?
4.  rare in a sure manner
5.  archaic safely; securely
6.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (sentence substitute) willingly; of course; yes

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Example sentences
The myth was that if you ate enough, you'd surely return.
As surely as the gardener's focus shifts from fall to winter, it shifts from
  outdoors to indoors.
Then, slowly but surely, the rest of their plans took shape.
The divine power moves with difficulty, but at the same time surely.
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