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Definition 1: used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where really or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was very gifted
  • he played very well
  • a really enjoyable evening
  • I'm real sorry about it
  • a rattling good yarn

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Definition 2: in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers) - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where really or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
  • really, you shouldn't have done it
  • a truly awful book

Synonyms for really in the sense of this definition

(really is used in the usage domain ...) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

"`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

Definition 3: in accordance with truth or fact or reality - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where really or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

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Definition 4: in actual fact - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where really or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

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