real·ly BrE [ˈriːəli]
BrE [ˈrɪəli]
NAmE [ˈriːəli]
1. used to say what is actually the fact or the truth about sth
What do you really think about it?
Tell me what really happened.
They are not really my aunt and uncle.
I can't believe I am really going to meet the princess.
2. used to emphasize sth you are saying or an opinion you are giving
I want to help, I really do.
Now I really must go.
I really don't mind.
He really likes you.
I really and truly am in love this time.
3. used to emphasize an adjective or adverb
a really hot fire
I'm really sorry.
She was driving really fast.
4. used, often in negative sentences, to reduce the force of sth you are saying
I don't really agree with that.
It doesn't really matter.
‘Did you enjoy the book?’ ‘ Not really (= ‘no’ or ‘not very much’).
We've done well, really.  The position of really can change the meaning of the sentence. I don't really know means that you are not sure about something; I really don't know emphasizes that you do not know. (Look at sense 2.)
5. used in questions and negative sentences when you want sb to say ‘no’
Do you really expect me to believe that?
I don't really need to go, do I?
6. used to express interest in or surprise at what sb is saying
‘We're going to Japan next month.’ ‘Oh, really?’
‘She's resigned.’ ‘Really? Are you sure?’
7. used to show that you disapprove of sth sb has done
Really, you could have told us before.
really [really] adv. (especially spoken)
This is a really nice place.
very • • highly • • quite • • well • • truly • • extremely • • desperately|especially spoken so|formal most
really/very/highly/quite/extremely/so successful/intelligent/competitive/critical
really/very/quite/extremely/desperately/so/most anxious/concerned/disappointed/unhappy/important
really/very/quite/truly/extremely/desperately/so sorry
Really, very or so? Very is the most frequent and most neutral of these words. Really and so are more informal and can be stronger. Really and so can be used with both weak and strong adjectives; very is not used with strong adjectives:
so/really/very good (= weak)
so/really wonderful (= strong)
 ✗ very wonderful
Example Bank:
I really love it here.
I'm really sorry.
This is a really nice place.
so/really good
so/really wonderful

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
1.In a real manner; with or in reality; actually; in truth.
Whose anger is really but a short fit of madness.
Why, really, sixty-five is somewhat old.

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