Definition of absolutely in English:

absolutely

adverb

  • 1With no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.

    ‘she trusted him absolutely’
    [as submodifier] ‘you're absolutely right’
    • ‘Because of the authority he brings to it, his art is totally persuasive and absolutely compelling.’
    • ‘I can assure all the people in Pennsylvania these allegations are absolutely, totally and unequivocally false.’
    • ‘I absolutely and totally agree with what Thatcher said’
    • ‘Certain decisions are absolutely correct and understandable at the time of their making.’
    • ‘I absolutely and totally support what he's doing.’
    • ‘All I know is what I read in the paper, which I know is always totally, absolutely accurate.’
    • ‘I needed to talk with someone who was very smart, someone who I absolutely trusted, someone who knew me as well as I knew myself.’
    • ‘They trust you absolutely and all responded in different ways.’
    • ‘She was quite aware of her own limitations, but absolutely incapable of changing herself.’
    • ‘This is decades of blues channelled through one person who is here and now: totally accurate, completely familiar and absolutely pure.’
    • ‘He is the voice of the manager once the players cross the line and O'Neill trusts him absolutely.’
    • ‘To be absolutely honest and totally truthful with you, I haven't the slightest idea.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is the fact that I am doing something absolutely personal and totally my own that really makes me do it.’
    • ‘Scotland coach Matt Williams is absolutely right in restricting the selection of the national rugby team to home players.’
    • ‘They alone must decide if they will abide totally and absolutely by the Mitchell principles.’
    • ‘She stressed that the trust was absolutely committed to not using more beds for private healthcare than it could reprovide elsewhere.’
    • ‘Allenwood must now beat Celbridge in their last outing to be absolutely sure of qualifying for the next round.’
    • ‘Looking around me, I finally believed the boy's words totally and absolutely.’
    • ‘‘The Trust is being absolutely open to all those involved,’ he said.’
    autocratically, despotically, dictatorially, tyrannically, tyrannously, in an authoritarian manner, arbitrarily, imperiously, domineeringly, high-handedly, with draconian powers, autonomously
    completely, totally, utterly, perfectly, entirely, wholly, fully, quite, thoroughly, unreservedly
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    1. 1.1Used to emphasize a strong or exaggerated statement.
      ‘he absolutely adores that car’
      ‘it's absolutely pouring out there’
      [as submodifier] ‘Dad was absolutely furious’
      • ‘She took a piece of dead skin off her nose and then concluded the look was absolutely perfect.’
      • ‘I absolutely, totally and utterly fell in love with the place.’
      • ‘As we were fairly centrally positioned, about two thirds of the way back on the main floor, we now had an absolutely excellent close-up view of the band.’
      • ‘It's uncommercial, totally uncompromising, and absolutely essential.’
      • ‘Placed neatly between Tobermory and Dervaig, right on Loch Frisa, Achnadrish House boasts absolutely cracking views.’
      • ‘It is absolutely imperative in my view that every family that reads this message takes the bad news seriously and prepares for a long siege.’
      • ‘As for Ciccolini, his account is absolutely gorgeous with a strong improvisatory element.’
      • ‘In our view, it is absolutely critically important that the Police Complaints Authority is independent and is seen to be independent.’
      • ‘I noticed out the window an absolutely stupendous view over Westminster.’
      • ‘They have a nice little theatre, big enough for a party, with absolutely fabulous views over the Thames.’
      • ‘I think it is totally and absolutely disgusting.’
      • ‘It was about a half a mile downhill, with an absolutely beautiful view of the countryside, although it was always a bit harder to get back up again after a few pints.’
      • ‘Of this much I'm certain - Down will be absolutely furious when I tell him that his words have been twisted in this way.’
      • ‘The reaction of racegoers in Chicago was absolutely disgusting and totally uncalled for’
      • ‘The views are absolutely wonderful - you can see for miles.’
      • ‘It is absolutely ridiculous, totally worthless, and it will create more problems than it will solve.’
      • ‘He's devastated, totally and absolutely devastated.’
      • ‘The benign neglect that they seem to be going in for at the moment is, in my view, absolutely outrageous.’
      • ‘I can't go into too much detail of the whole night but it was absolutely and completely and totally fantastic, but I didn't half suffer for it on Wednesday at work!’
      • ‘Regardless of the circumstances it is absolutely vital that this trust is never broken.’
      • ‘Also an actor and professional MC, he absolutely adores his train gig and is quite possibly the happiest mall worker in the history of shopping.’
      • ‘It sounded absolutely thrilling, totally adrenaline pumping and so, even if I've never held a tunny rod in my own hands, at least those in my family have.’
      • ‘Doris was an absolutely delightful and totally wonderful person.’
      • ‘The implications for horse racing are vast and, in my view, absolutely marvellous.’
    2. 1.2[with negative]None whatsoever.
      ‘she had absolutely no idea what he was talking about’
      • ‘Unless you were listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, just as I was, you probably have absolutely no idea whatsoever.’
      • ‘In my opinion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to sharpen up a skill.’
      • ‘But certainly there is absolutely no doubt this is going to be a major electoral issue.’
      • ‘I think they are, and I have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of any instance of fraud.’
      • ‘We have absolutely no security installations whatsoever in the West Bank.’
      • ‘However, there's absolutely no indication whatsoever that the people who met with Vincent did anything improper.’
      • ‘And it is simply a fallacy to say that the only way people can achieve is when there is absolutely no bias whatsoever against them.’
      • ‘This play, despite having virtually no words, and absolutely none spoken by the central character, is one of the most moving things I have seen in ages.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no truth whatsoever in this gossip.’
      • ‘The second point, my Lord, is that merely being offered some nebulous assurance at this stage provides absolutely no comfort whatsoever.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no qualification process - you sign up, you get on the plane, you ski!’
      • ‘There is absolutely no risk whatsoever to Anthony.’
      • ‘After checking this book out of the library I was surprised to find that there were no illustrations… absolutely none.’
      • ‘Have you ever stood in a swimming pool filled with water, totally alone, with absolutely no movement?’
      • ‘I thought this was a very well done program and in my opinion there is absolutely no issue at all about taste or decency, it was a factual program on at a late hour.’
      • ‘In light of these facts, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why beef prices cannot be maintained at the previous week's level.’
      • ‘And I have absolutely no quarrel whatsoever with how well, Steve, you performed your duties.’
      • ‘This had absolutely no effect whatsoever on any person's salary.’
      • ‘Of course, the fact that they're giving away two free tickets to the Jazz Festival to each new customer who transfers has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with it at all.’
      • ‘But in the last fortnight, all of a sudden with absolutely no publicity whatsoever, the station's opening hours have been returned to normal.’
    3. 1.3informal [as exclamation]Used to express and emphasize one's assent or agreement.
      ‘“Did they give you a free hand when you joined the band?” “Absolutely!”’
      • ‘And if I'd known about the UK Competitive Eating championships, I would have had a bash, absolutely!’
      • ‘Yes, we certainly do need to try to change New Zealand's culture of binge drinking - absolutely!’
  • 2Independently; not viewed in relation to other things or factors.

    ‘white-collar crime increased both absolutely and in comparison with other categories’
    • ‘But even if such programs should not be absolutely excluded, a strong case can be made for a ban on them at least for now.’
    • ‘An historical account will be valid or correct, not absolutely, but in relation to a specific emergent context.’
    • ‘Today, America's production of world wealth, both absolutely and relatively, is accelerating.’
    • ‘In other words, Indian life expectancy improved, both absolutely and relative to that for non-Indians.’
    • ‘In short, a fund can have relatively good performance and absolutely horrible results.’
    • ‘This results in increasing site rent, both absolutely and relatively.’
  • 3Grammar
    (of a verb) without a stated object.

Pronunciation:

absolutely

/ˈabsəˌl(y)o͞otlē//ˌabsəˈl(y)o͞otlē/