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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"

Wiktionary

  1. actuallyadverb

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

    Actually, I had nothing to do with that incident.

  2. actuallyadverb

    actively

    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.

Wikipedia

  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.

ChatGPT

  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

    actively

  2. Actuallyadverb

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. New York:

    A really great drug store brand that I love to throw in my beach bag is made by Coppertone, it’s actually a whipped sunscreen. It’s really fun to use and one of the mistakes people make when it comes to using sunscreens is that they don’t use enough and this one comes out and actually looks like whip cream so you end up using about as much as you actually should.

  2. Carter Page:

    Liars and leakers in Washington and more broadly the political class in United States actually had a much more negative impact, all of the discussions about the influence that the Russian government had on the U.S. election would actually pale in comparison to the much heavier influence that the U.S. government actually had in trying to hurt then-candidate Trump. That negative impact based on these complete lies has continued to put a dark shadow over United States in general.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    At some point people do question the kind of life they are leading and wonder whether it is actually the life they want to live. Do they merely experience a series of ‘phony’ moments and a succession of fake sequences, or are they actually building up a authentic life story that gives them the enrichment they have been looking forward to. ( "Quest for the real moment" )

  4. Wayne's World:

    Stacy Happy anniversary, Wayne. Wayne Stacy, we broke up two months ago. Stacy Well, that doesn't mean we can't still go out, does it Wayne Well, it does actually, that's what breaking up is.

  5. H.L. Mencken:

    All zoos actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.

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