Definition of surely in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃɔːli//ˈʃʊəli/


  • 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’
    • ‘Those who endured the recent count would surely favour it on grounds of speed and convenience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is surely an opening here for new private firms to come in and show the established operators how it could be done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If that is the case, then the Minister will surely be able to assure the House of that particular fact.’
    • ‘If it is reflected in all aspects of nature, surely it must be true for the Great Spirit.’
    • ‘If this is true, surely each outlet should be doing all it can to ensure holiday-makers make return visits.’
    • ‘That indeed may well be true but rather than finessing this issue it should surely be addressing it head on.’
    • ‘However, his tremendous form so far this season must surely have surprised even his biggest admirers.’
    • ‘True devotees surely know that there can be no compromise with them.’
    • ‘His views on the proper basicality of belief in God surely do not commit him to thinking that faith and reason conflict.’
    • ‘Today, as all recent Old Firm managers of substance have done, he will surely deliver a trophy in his first season.’
    • ‘For all that, surely people should be able to talk about their fundamental beliefs.’
    • ‘If better diagnosis is an acceptable reason for the rising rates of autism then surely the converse is true.’
    • ‘He had been warned twice, it is true, for running onto the pitch but it would surely have been worthwhile risking him.’
    • ‘Were that true, extra troops should surely be sent to boost security.’
    • ‘If this is true, surely it has its own rights, including the right to live.’
    • ‘Such beliefs surely had deeper roots than the experience of war in North America.’
    • ‘Those to whom a well struck word rings out straight and true will surely be aware that disenable is not a real word.’
    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’
      • ‘Her presence would have surely made certain that some things happened and certain things did not.’
      • ‘At the same time, these methods surely contain certain errors and assumptions.’
      • ‘If Tech had undershot the target they would crash in the forest and they would all surely die.’
      • ‘Anything that does not succeed in completing this cycle will surely fail on this planet.’
      • ‘If we do not we will surely fail our patients, the public, and ourselves.’
      • ‘We realised that without help it would surely die, as it was getting weaker by the day.’
      • ‘If he didn't hurry, there would be nowhere to hide, and he and Anne would surely die.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘True democracy surely involves a combination of participation and representation.’
      • ‘This is praise indeed from the IMF, and it is surely a firm indication that all is by no means lost.’
      • ‘White House reporters will surely have been relieved to learn that Canberra's tap water is drinkable.’
      • ‘People say that the greatest geniuses are always the most troubled and this is surely true of comedians.’
      • ‘Will would surely die if this boy didn't have any information about his dear Elizabeth.’
      • ‘I've been trying to look out for it and will surely die if I miss it again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It might not be good news for certain companies, but it surely is a boon for consumers.’
      • ‘Yes, this will surely fail but we have to be careful that he doesn't try it again.’
      • ‘This was surely partly because the election result is indeed all but certain.’
      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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