- adverb (sentence adverb)
1 without any doubt; of course: Certainly we'll consider your suggestion, Alan. | That certainly does change the situation. | "Not smoking has made a real difference." "It certainly has."-see of course, surely2 used to agree or give your permission: "I'd like a beer, please" "Certainly, sir." | "Can I come along?" "Certainly."3 certainly not! used to disagree completely, or to refuse to give permission: "Did you break my camera?" "Certainly not!"
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.
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Certainly — Cer tain*ly, adv. Without doubt or question; unquestionably. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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certainly — c.1300, in all main modern senses, from CERTAIN (Cf. certain) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
certainly — [adv] without doubt absolutely, assuredly, cert*, exactly, for a fact, of course, positively, posolutely*, right on*, surely, unquestionably, without fail; concept 535 Ant. doubtfully, dubiously, equivocally, questionably … New thesaurus
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certainly — [sʉrt′ nlē] adv. 1. beyond a doubt; surely 2. yes … English World dictionary
certainly — cer|tain|ly W1S1 [ˈsə:tnli US ˈsə:r ] adv [sentence adverb] 1.) without any doubt = ↑definitely ▪ I certainly never expected to become a writer. ▪ They re certainly not mine. it is certainly true/possible etc ▪ It is certainly true that there are … Dictionary of contemporary English
certainly — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)t(ə)nli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use certainly to emphasize what you are saying when you are making a statement. The public is certainly getting tired of hearing about it... The bombs are almost certainly … English dictionary
certainly — cer|tain|ly [ sɜrtnli ] adverb *** 1. ) used for emphasizing that something is definitely true or will definitely happen: I certainly hope you re right. There certainly wasn t any point in doing it now. 2. ) used for expressing agreement or… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
certainly */*/*/ — UK [ˈsɜː(r)t(ə)nlɪ] / US [ˈsɜrt(ə)nlɪ] adverb 1) used for emphasizing that something is definitely true or will definitely happen I certainly hope you re right. There certainly wasn t any point in doing it now. 2) spoken used for expressing… … English dictionary