What does Actually mean?

Definitions for Actually
ˈæk tʃu ə liac·tu·al·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. actually, reallyadverb

    in actual fact

    "to be nominally but not actually independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"

  2. actually, in realityadverb

    used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly

    "you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out"; "she actually spoke Latin"; "they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets"; "people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous"

  3. actuallyadverb

    at the present moment

    "the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"

  4. actuallyadverb

    as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis

    "actually, we all help clear up after a meal"; "actually, I haven't seen the film"; "I'm not all that surprised actually"; "she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"


  1. actuallyadverb

    In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively.

    Actually, I had nothing to do with that incident.

  2. actuallyadverb


    Neither actually nor passively. uE000105683uE001 Fuller.

  3. Etymology: actual + -ly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Actuallyadverb

    In act; in effect; really.

    Etymology: from actual.

    All mankind acknowledge themselves able and sufficient to do many things, which actually they never do. South.

    Read one of the chronicles written by an author of this frame of mind, and you will think you were reading a history of the kings of Israel or Judah, where the historians were actually inspired, and where, by a particular scheme of providence, the kings were distinguished by judgments or blessings, according as they promoted idolatry, or the worship of the true God. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 483.

    Though our temporal prospects should be full of danger, or though the days of sorrow should actually overtake us, yet still we must repose ourselves on God. John Rogers, Sermon xix.


  1. Actually

    Actually (stylised as Pet Shop Boys, actually.) is the second studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in North America. According to Neil Tennant and music historian Wayne Studer, Actually loosely critiques Thatcherism, the political zeitgeist of the 1980s, and was recorded in anticipation of Margaret Thatcher's re-election.


  1. actually

    Actually is an adverb that is commonly used to introduce a statement that contrasts or corrects a previous statement or assumption. It is used to indicate that something is true or factual, often highlighting a discrepancy between what was expected or believed and what is reality. It is typically used to provide clarification or to emphasize the truth of a situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Actuallyadverb


  2. Actuallyadverb

    in act or in fact; really; in truth; positively


  1. Actually

    Actually is the second album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, released through Parlophone and EMI Manhattan Records in 1987. This album is also the group's third best selling album with over 4 million copies sold.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Actually' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #695

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Actually' in Written Corpus Frequency: #124

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Actually' in Adverbs Frequency: #51

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Actually in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Actually in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Actually in a Sentence

  1. John Larsen:

    There's no reason why any utility wouldn't get paid to overachieve, if I do better than 4 % per year, you could actually get paid for even more of doing the right thing. I think between the tax credits and the [ clean electricity program ], it's a no-brainer for utilities to meet these goals.

  2. Azad Rahimov:

    It’s very important to put us on the sporting map, positioning the country on the map of the world and, of course, to excite the young people, it’s very interesting actually, we are a very sporty country. We have a very young population in our country ; 66 percent of the people living in Azerbaijan are under 55 years old.

  3. Stratis Morfogen:

    We created a fishing cap to make it a little fun, because I've got to convince my staff to wear it, and it's actually very comfortable.

  4. Stephen Collins:

    On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago, the publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The only thing I worry about is that it's not going to happen, because so many things get announced and then they never happened. I'm actually more concerned on the other side and I think every day that goes by, we actually get ourselves more fully in position where it could create a geopolitical outbreak whereas if we had just done it, before the Russians and the Iranians, and the Syrians prepped for it, we'd been in much better shape.

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