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ACTUALLY (adverb)
  The adverb ACTUALLY has 4 senses:

1. in actual fact
2. used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
3. as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
4. at the present moment

  Familiarity information: ACTUALLY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ACTUALLY (adverb)

Sense 1actually [BACK TO TOP]


In actual fact


actually; really

Context examples:

to be nominally but not actually independent / no one actually saw the shark / large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt


actual (existing in act or fact)

Sense 2actually [BACK TO TOP]


Used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly


in reality; actually

Context examples:

you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out / she actually spoke Latin / they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets / people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous

Sense 3actually [BACK TO TOP]


As a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis

Context examples:

actually, we all help clear up after a meal / actually, I haven't seen the film / I'm not all that surprised actually / she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually

Sense 4actually [BACK TO TOP]


At the present moment

Context example:

the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air

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