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How to Pronounce really?

Correct pronunciation for the word "really" is [ɹˈi͡əlɪ], [ɹˈi‍əlɪ], [ɹ_ˈiə_l_ɪ].

"Really" in context

The word really is an interesting one as it can have a lot of different meanings. There are three primary definitions of the word "really" that stand out. Firstly, it can denote an emphasis to a statement or an exclamation. By saying something with the word "really" at the end, we are emphasizing the importance of that statement. Secondly, it can denote a statement of actuality or reality. We often use "really" in sentences such as "that was really fun," to talk about something that was observed and experienced. Lastly, it can be used to ask for confirmation of what has been said, eg. "You really went there?".

What are similar-sounding words for really?

Usage over time for really:

This graph shows how "really" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.


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