1. [ adverb ] in accordance with truth or fact or reality
Synonyms: truly genuinely

"she was now truly American" "a genuinely open society" "they don't really listen to us"

Related terms: true actual actual actual
2. [ adverb ] in actual fact
Synonyms: actually

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

Related terms: real actual real actual
3. [ adverb ] (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers) "in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire"
Synonyms: in_truth forsooth truly

"really, you shouldn't have done it" "a truly awful book" (`forsooth' is archaic and now usually used to express disbelief)

Related terms: intensifier
4. [ adverb ] intensifiers
Synonyms: very real rattling

"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")

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