Definition of surely in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃʊəli//ˈʃɔːli/


  • 1sentence 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 this is true, surely each outlet should be doing all it can to ensure holiday-makers make return visits.’
    • ‘He had been warned twice, it is true, for running onto the pitch but it would surely have been worthwhile risking him.’
    • ‘If that is the case, then the Minister will surely be able to assure the House of that particular fact.’
    • ‘Those who endured the recent count would surely favour it on grounds of speed and convenience.’
    • ‘That indeed may well be true but rather than finessing this issue it should surely be addressing it head on.’
    • ‘For all that, surely people should be able to talk about their fundamental beliefs.’
    • ‘Such beliefs surely had deeper roots than the experience of war in North America.’
    • ‘If it is reflected in all aspects of nature, surely it must be true for the Great Spirit.’
    • ‘There is surely an opening here for new private firms to come in and show the established operators how it could be done.’
    • ‘His views on the proper basicality of belief in God surely do not commit him to thinking that faith and reason conflict.’
    • ‘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 to whom a well struck word rings out straight and true will surely be aware that disenable is not a real word.’
    • ‘If that is not the case, then unearthing the true motive is surely someone else's job.’
    • ‘However, his tremendous form so far this season must surely have surprised even his biggest admirers.’
    • ‘Even if readers were aware, the extraordinary importance of the allegation surely merits emphasis.’
    • ‘If better diagnosis is an acceptable reason for the rising rates of autism then surely the converse is true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘True devotees surely know that there can be no compromise with them.’
    • ‘Were that true, extra troops should surely be sent to boost security.’
    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’
      • ‘I've been trying to look out for it and will surely die if I miss it again.’
      • ‘White House reporters will surely have been relieved to learn that Canberra's tap water is drinkable.’
      • ‘Anything that does not succeed in completing this cycle will surely fail on this planet.’
      • ‘This is praise indeed from the IMF, and it is surely a firm indication that all is by no means lost.’
      • ‘People say that the greatest geniuses are always the most troubled and this is surely true of comedians.’
      • ‘Yes, this will surely fail but we have to be careful that he doesn't try it again.’
      • ‘With the soft ground in his favour, he will surely be hard to beat.’
      • ‘Having a dog or cat around the house will surely bring animal lovers a lot of smiles.’
      • ‘If Tech had undershot the target they would crash in the forest and they would all surely die.’
      • ‘Her presence would have surely made certain that some things happened and certain things did not.’
      • ‘We realised that without help it would surely die, as it was getting weaker by the day.’
      • ‘If we do not we will surely fail our patients, the public, and ourselves.’
      • ‘Will would surely die if this boy didn't have any information about his dear Elizabeth.’
      • ‘At the same time, these methods surely contain certain errors and assumptions.’
      • ‘She wanted no home, but she knew that if she continued, he would surely die out here.’
      • ‘This was surely partly because the election result is indeed all but certain.’
      • ‘If he didn't hurry, there would be nowhere to hide, and he and Anne would surely die.’
      • ‘It might not be good news for certain companies, but it surely is a boon for consumers.’
      • ‘If they don't do this they are surely failing in their duties of surveillance.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘However, to move slowly and surely, you had to have a great deal of confidence.’
    • ‘She walked firmly and surely, every footstep getting stronger, and went to the door.’
    firmly, steadily, confidently, solidly, securely, unhesitatingly, unfalteringly, unswervingly, determinedly, doggedly, assuredly
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