• (British) IPA: /ˈɹɪəlɪ/, /ˈɹɪəli/, /ˈɹɪːlɪ/, /ˈɹɪːli/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɹɪli/, /ˈɹili/, /ˈɹi.əli/



  1. (literal) In a way or manner that is real, not unreal.
    • 1751, John Roche, Moravian Heresy, page 168:
      We are to believe that by an extraordinary Conception by Means of the holy Ghost he in an extraordinary MANNER, (unknown to us) really assumed Flesh, and was by her nourished in the Womb and in due Time born in a natural Manner, and that whilst on Earth he was really hungry, and dry, and eat and drank as really as other Men, without, any Deception of Sight in us or Delusion whatsoever.
    • 1878, Jonathan Baldwin Turner, Christ's Words as Related to Science,..., page 52:
      If we take the phenomenal world as it strikes our senses, in all its varied and wonderful powers and aspects; as the mere symbol of the Divine Presence and power, that is, according to Christ, ever in, through, and over all, as really as are causal light, heat and gravity, or as really as our own life and souls pervade every atom of our bodies, [...]
    • 1975, Robin H. S. Boyd, An introduction to Indian Christian theology, page 48:
      Thus Brahman must be described as ‘really real’, while a rope, or a person, or God Himself, is ‘unreally real’. And it is only the Vedantin who can distinguish the real from the unreal, for to others all seems real.
  2. (modal) Actually; in fact; in reality.
    "He really is a true friend." / "Really? What makes you so sure?"
  3. (informal, as an intensifier) Very (modifying an adjective); very much (modifying a verb).
    But ma, I really, really want to go to the show!
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs; […].
Synonyms Translations Translations
  1. Indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information; to express skepticism.
    A: He won the Nobel Prize yesterday.
    B: Really?
  2. (colloquial, sarcastic, typically exaggerated question.) Indicating that what was just said was obvious and unnecessary; contrived incredulity
    A: I've just been reading Shakespeare - he's one of the best authors like, ever!
    B: Really.
  3. (colloquial, chiefly, US) Indicating affirmation, agreement.
    A: That girl talks about herself way too much.
    B: Really. She's a nightmare.
  4. Indicating displeasure at another person's behaviour or statement.
    Well, really! How rude.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: vraiment ?, ah bon ?
  • German: (ach) ja?, echt?, wirklich?, tatsächlich?
  • Italian: davvero?, veramente?, ma dai?, dai?
  • Portuguese: sério?
  • Russian: пра́вда?
  • Spanish: ¿de verdad?, ¿de veras?
  • German: ach nee; ach was; sag bloß; (informal) was du nicht sagst, (formal) was Sie nicht sagen
  • Russian: да ла́дно
Translations Translations
  • German: also wirklich!
  • Russian: в са́мом де́ле



  1. Alternative form of re-ally#English|re-ally
    • 1917, German American Annals, page 69:
      She wished since long to die and to be reallied with her children in heaven.
    • 1997, Warren F. Kuehl, Lynne Dunn, Keeping the Covenant: American Internationalists and the League of Nations, 1920-1939 (Kent State University Press, ISBN 9780873385664), page 19:
      Following the election, those who had publicly opposed Harding hastened to really themselves with Republicans who had remained in the party.

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