♦♦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 part of a much bigger conspiracy...
Today's inflation figure is certainly too high...
Certainly, pets can help children develop friendship skills.Syn:undoubtedly2) ADV as reply You use certainly when you are agreeing with what someone has said.
`In any case you remained friends.' - `Certainly.'...
`You keep out of their way don't you?' - `I certainly do.'3) ADV as reply (emphasis) You say certainly not when you want to say `no' in a strong way.
`Perhaps it would be better if I withdrew altogether.' - `Certainly not!'Syn:absolutely not
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Certainly — Cer tain*ly, adv. Without doubt or question; unquestionably. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
certainly — index a fortiori, admittedly, fairly (clearly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
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
certainly — ► ADVERB 1) definitely; undoubtedly. 2) yes; by all means … English terms dictionary
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 — 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, surely 2 used to agree … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
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