|1.||[ adverb ] in accordance with truth or fact or reality|
"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|
"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)
|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")