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ˈsɜr tn licer·tain·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. certainly

    Certainly is an adverb that is used to express complete conviction or certainty, agreement with something, or to emphasize that something is definitely true. It suggests an absence of doubt about something.

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  

Suggested Resources

  1. certainly

    Certainly vs. Definitely -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between Certainly and Definitely.

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. Mark Boyadjis:

    It's certainly weird, certainly odd and certainly unproven. But Pioneer is not off base to connect one sensory organ to others.

  2. Plutarch:

    It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.

  3. Frank McKenzie:

    This particular strike was certainly a terrible mistake and we certainly regret that, and I've been very clear that we take full responsibility for it. At the same time, we were carrying out a number of complex operations designed to defend ourselves, so while I agree... this strike certainly did not come up to our standards... I would not qualify the entire operation in those terms.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Well if you look at the different situations, of course you could name many of them, I could get you a list and I'll have it sent to your office in two seconds. But there certainly were a lot of abuse of women, you look at whether it's Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones, or any of them, and that certainly will be fair game, certainly, if they play the woman's card with respect to me, that will be fair game.

  5. Frederick Douglas:

    People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

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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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