Definition of surely in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃʊəli//ˈʃɔːli/


  • 1[sentence adverb] Used to emphasize the speaker's firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt of this:

    ‘if there is no will, then surely the house goes automatically to you’
    • ‘If better diagnosis is an acceptable reason for the rising rates of autism then surely the converse is true.’
    • ‘If this is true, surely each outlet should be doing all it can to ensure holiday-makers make return visits.’
    • ‘If it is reflected in all aspects of nature, surely it must be true for the Great Spirit.’
    • ‘For all that, surely people should be able to talk about their fundamental beliefs.’
    • ‘True devotees surely know that there can be no compromise with them.’
    • ‘If that is the case, then the Minister will surely be able to assure the House of that particular fact.’
    • ‘Even if readers were aware, the extraordinary importance of the allegation surely merits emphasis.’
    • ‘If that is not the case, then unearthing the true motive is surely someone else's job.’
    • ‘Today, as all recent Old Firm managers of substance have done, he will surely deliver a trophy in his first season.’
    • ‘If this is true, surely it has its own rights, including the right to live.’
    • ‘His views on the proper basicality of belief in God surely do not commit him to thinking that faith and reason conflict.’
    • ‘There is surely an opening here for new private firms to come in and show the established operators how it could be done.’
    • ‘However, his tremendous form so far this season must surely have surprised even his biggest admirers.’
    • ‘Were that true, extra troops should surely be sent to boost security.’
    • ‘This may or not be so, but in a debate about changing the law to make it more effective, it is surely the wrong emphasis.’
    • ‘Those who endured the recent count would surely favour it on grounds of speed and convenience.’
    • ‘Those to whom a well struck word rings out straight and true will surely be aware that disenable is not a real word.’
    • ‘Such beliefs surely had deeper roots than the experience of war in North America.’
    • ‘That indeed may well be true but rather than finessing this issue it should surely be addressing it head on.’
    • ‘He had been warned twice, it is true, for running onto the pitch but it would surely have been worthwhile risking him.’
    it must be the case that, i believe that, assuredly, without question
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    1. 1.1 Without doubt; certainly:
      ‘if he did not heed the warning, he would surely die’
      • ‘Anything that does not succeed in completing this cycle will surely fail on this planet.’
      • ‘This was surely partly because the election result is indeed all but certain.’
      • ‘With the soft ground in his favour, he will surely be hard to beat.’
      • ‘If they don't do this they are surely failing in their duties of surveillance.’
      • ‘She wanted no home, but she knew that if she continued, he would surely die out here.’
      • ‘If Tech had undershot the target they would crash in the forest and they would all surely die.’
      • ‘I've been trying to look out for it and will surely die if I miss it again.’
      • ‘Will would surely die if this boy didn't have any information about his dear Elizabeth.’
      • ‘Her presence would have surely made certain that some things happened and certain things did not.’
      • ‘If we do not we will surely fail our patients, the public, and ourselves.’
      • ‘Having a dog or cat around the house will surely bring animal lovers a lot of smiles.’
      • ‘This is praise indeed from the IMF, and it is surely a firm indication that all is by no means lost.’
      • ‘If he didn't hurry, there would be nowhere to hide, and he and Anne would surely die.’
      • ‘White House reporters will surely have been relieved to learn that Canberra's tap water is drinkable.’
      • ‘At the same time, these methods surely contain certain errors and assumptions.’
      • ‘Yes, this will surely fail but we have to be careful that he doesn't try it again.’
      • ‘People say that the greatest geniuses are always the most troubled and this is surely true of comedians.’
      • ‘It might not be good news for certain companies, but it surely is a boon for consumers.’
      • ‘We realised that without help it would surely die, as it was getting weaker by the day.’
      • ‘True democracy surely involves a combination of participation and representation.’
      certainly, for certain, for sure, to be sure, definitely, undoubtedly, without doubt, doubtless, beyond any shadow of a doubt, beyond the shadow of a doubt, indubitably, unquestionably, incontestably, irrefutably, incontrovertibly, undeniably, without fail, inevitably, unavoidably
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    2. 1.2North American informal [as exclamation] Of course; yes:
      ‘‘You'll wait for me?’ ‘Surely.’’
  • 2With assurance or confidence:

    ‘no one knows how to move the economy quickly and surely in that direction’
    • ‘She walked firmly and surely, every footstep getting stronger, and went to the door.’
    • ‘However, to move slowly and surely, you had to have a great deal of confidence.’
    firmly, steadily, confidently, solidly, securely, unhesitatingly, unfalteringly, unswervingly, determinedly, doggedly, assuredly
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