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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surely mean? 

SURELY (adverb)
  The adverb SURELY has 1 sense:

1. definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')

  Familiarity information: SURELY used as an adverb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SURELY (adverb)

Sense 1surely [BACK TO TOP]


Definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')


certainly; for certain; for sure; sure; sure as shooting; surely; sure enough

Context examples:

the results are surely encouraging / she certainly is a hard worker / it's going to be a good day for sure / they are coming, for certain / they thought he had been killed sure enough / he'll win sure as shooting / they sure smell good / sure he'll come

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


sure (having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured)

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