really
adverb Date: 15th century 1. a. in reality ; actually <
things as they really are
>
<
there was nothing peculiar about her doing this, really — Peter Taylor
>
b. truly, unquestionably — used as an intensifier <
a really beautiful day
>
c. very 2 <
look really close
>
<
he runs really fast
>
2. — used to emphasize an assertion <
you really should read Yeats
>
<
really, you're being ridiculous
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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