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ˌæb səˈlut li, ˈæb səˌlut-ab·so·lute·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolutely, perfectly, utterly, deadadverb

    completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

    "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"

  2. absolutelyadverb

    totally and definitely; without question

    "we are absolutely opposed to the idea"; "he forced himself to lie absolutely still"; "iron is absolutely necessary"


  1. absolutelyadverb

    In an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; utterly, positively, wholly.

  2. absolutelyadverb

    With absolution.

  3. absolutelyadverb

    In a manner that does not take an object.

  4. absolutelyinterjection

    Yes; certainly; expression indicating strong agreement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Absolutelyadverb

    Etymology: from absolute.

    All the contradictions which grow in those minds, that neither absolutely climb the rock of virtue, nor freely sink into the sea of vanity. Philip Sidney.

    What merit they can build upon having joined with a protestant army, under a king they acknowledged, to defend their own liberties and properties, is, to me, absolutely inconceivable; and, I believe, will equally be so for ever. Jonathan Swift, Presb. Plea.

    Absolutely we cannot discommend, we cannot absolutely approve either willingness to live, or forwardness to die. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    These then being the perpetual causes of zeal; the greatest good, or the greatest evil; either absolutely so in themselves, or relatively so to us; it is therefore good to be zealously affected for the one against the other. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    No sensible quality, as light, and colour, and heat, and sound, can be subsistent in the bodies themselves, absolutely considered, without a relation to our eyes and ears, and other organs of sense. These qualities are only the effects of our sensation, which arise from the different motions, upon our nerves, from objects without, according to their various modifications and positions. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The prince long time had courted fortune’s love,
    But, once possess’d, did absolutely reign:
    Thus, with their Amazons, the heroes strove,
    And conquer’d first those beauties they would gain. John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis.

    And of that nature, for the most part, are things absolutely unto all mens salvation necessary, either to be held or denied, either to be done or avoided. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Being as I am, why didst not thou
    Command me absolutely not to go,
    Going into such danger, as thou saidst? Parad. Lost, b. ix.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absolutelyadverb

    in an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; wholly; positively


  1. Absolutely

    Absolutely is a popular United Kingdom television comedy sketch show shown on Channel 4 between 1989 and 1993. The cast and crew were mainly Scottish; the principal writers and performers were Moray Hunter, Jack Docherty, Peter Baikie, Gordon Kennedy, Morwenna Banks and John Sparkes. It was directed by Phil Chilvers, Alan Nixon, Alistair Clark, and Graham C Williams. The show's producers were Alan Nixon, and David Tyler

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2499

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #486

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Adverbs Frequency: #152

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolutely in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolutely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of absolutely in a Sentence

  1. Mick Mulvaney:

    Did Mick Mulvaney also mention to me in the past, the corruption related to the Democratic National Committee server ? Absolutely. No question, but that's it. That's why we held up the money.

  2. Marianne Baker:

    In all my years working for Senator Vice President Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period -- not from Ms. Tara Reade, not from anyone. I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade's accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager, these clearly false allegations are in complete contradiction to both the inner workings of our Senate office and to the man I know and worked so closely with for almost two decades.

  3. Amy Jackson:

    We're absolutely thrilled to have rain, it's been scary, actually, as to how low our reservoirs have gotten ... so to even have this little bit, it's great.

  4. Donald Trump:

    One thing we sort of agree on is trade. I mean, we're getting horribly beaten on trade. The difference is, I'll make great trade deals, he is incapable of doing that. He's incapable of it. And you know, he just won't be able to do that. But he does at least acknowledge that we're getting just absolutely ripped by China and all these other countries. So in that way, we're the same. I think a lot of his people are going to come over.

  5. Anna Kondratyeva:

    He’s absolutely unbiased, he’s deaf to any comments from the fans so he probably feels with his heart and a special cat sense.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. moan
    • B. condemn
    • C. conceal
    • D. adventure

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