What does Certainly mean?

Definitions for Certainly
ˈsɜr tn liCer·tain·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Certainly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surely, certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shootingadverb

    definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

    "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come"


  1. certainlyadverb

    In a way which is certain; with certainty.

  2. certainlyadverb

    Without doubt, surely; of course.

  3. certainlyadverb

    An emphatic affirmative answer.

    Would you like it with ice? Certainly, and with lemon please.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Certainlyadverb

    Etymology: from certain.

    Certainly he that, by those legal means, cannot be secured, can be much less so by any private attempt. Decay of Piety.

    What precise collection of simple ideas, modesty or frugality stand for, in another’s use, is not so certainly known. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Certainlyadverb

    without doubt or question; unquestionably

Editors Contribution

  1. certainlyadverb

    In a certain manner

    We certainly require some night rain for the garden and fields.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 30, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Certainly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #572

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Certainly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #323

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Certainly' in Adverbs Frequency: #71

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Certainly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Certainly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Certainly in a Sentence

  1. Kay Ivey:

    This is certainly a sensitive and emotional issue and something that is continually being studied, on the state level, we have had a study group that has looked closely at this issue, and I am interested in the potential good medical cannabis can have for those with chronic illnesses or what it can do to improve the quality of life of those in their final days.

  2. Joe Saluzzi:

    Maybe it was the Morgan Stanley news that kind of stimulated the event, but certainly not enough to move a stock $35 billion, what that is called is evaporation of liquidity, liquidity that was never there in the first place and it’s a typical maneuver that goes on in the fragmented stock market we have now.

  3. Andy Cohen:

    We are interviewing multiple groups of friends. So certainly if Eboni is interested and has friends that would meet our casting goals, then of course they would be considered.

  4. Jarvis Johnson:

    I think the more we educate, the more we can bring to their attention the things that are already happening in Texas, I think that they will understand where we stand, and certainly we've met with all of the of the other senators to lay out what our plans are, what our goals are, what we hope to achieve.

  5. Brandon Buell:

    We keep waiting for it to kind of disappear and Jaxon be a 'flavor of the week'— but [the media attention] is not going away, it is surreal, it’s humbling, overwhelming and odd to be about our family and our son, but he certainly deserves it.

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Translations for Certainly

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  • من المؤكد, بدون شك, بدون نقاش, بالتأكيدArabic
  • әлбиттәBashkir
  • несъмнено, безспорно, разбира сеBulgarian
  • certamentCatalan, Valencian
  • nepochybně, určitě, jistě, zajistéCzech
  • natürlich, zweifellos, sicherlich, freilich, gewiss, sicherGerman
  • βεβαίως, ασφαλώς, σίγουραGreek
  • sin duda, ciertamente, por supuestoSpanish
  • بطور محرزPersian
  • ilman muuta, totta kai, kyllä kiitos, todellakin, epäilemättä, varmastiFinnish
  • certainement, sans nul doute, pour sûr, bien sûr, sans aucun doute, évidemment, sûrementFrench
  • בוודאי, בוודאותHebrew
  • अवश्यHindi
  • անկասկած, անշուշտ, իհարկեArmenian
  • certoInterlingua
  • certeIdo
  • certamenteItalian
  • 全く, 確かに, その通り, もちろん, 確実, 絶対, 必ずJapanese
  • 확실히Korean
  • ئه‌کیدKurdish
  • apa ia, anaoa, āpāiaMāori
  • zeker, waarlijk, beslist, en of, voorzekerDutch
  • na pewno, zdecydowanie, z pewnościąPolish
  • sem dúvida, certamentePortuguese
  • bineînțeles, desigurRomanian
  • несомненно, конечно, непременно, наверняка, безусловноRussian
  • dakako, свакако, несумњиво, sigurno, дакако, svakako, наравно, nesumnjivo, naravno, zacijelo, doistaSerbo-Croatian
  • நிச்சயமாகTamil
  • اوشیےUrdu

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. noninvasive
    • B. witless
    • C. occasional
    • D. suspicious

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