adverb Date: 14th century 1. in a sure manner: a. archaic without danger or risk of injury or loss ; safely b. (1) with assurance ; confidently <
answered quickly and surely
(2) without doubt ; certainly <
they will surely be heard from in the future — R. J. Lifton
2. indeed, really — often used as an intensive <
you surely don't believe that
Usage: see sure II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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