Definition of absolutely in US English:



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

    ‘she trusted him absolutely’
    as submodifier ‘you're absolutely right’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is the voice of the manager once the players cross the line and O'Neill trusts him absolutely.’
    • ‘Looking around me, I finally believed the boy's words totally and absolutely.’
    • ‘Because of the authority he brings to it, his art is totally persuasive and absolutely compelling.’
    • ‘This is decades of blues channelled through one person who is here and now: totally accurate, completely familiar and absolutely pure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They trust you absolutely and all responded in different ways.’
    • ‘Certain decisions are absolutely correct and understandable at the time of their making.’
    • ‘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 alone must decide if they will abide totally and absolutely by the Mitchell principles.’
    • ‘Allenwood must now beat Celbridge in their last outing to be absolutely sure of qualifying for the next round.’
    • ‘I can assure all the people in Pennsylvania these allegations are absolutely, totally and unequivocally false.’
    • ‘‘The Trust is being absolutely open to all those involved,’ he said.’
    • ‘To be absolutely honest and totally truthful with you, I haven't the slightest idea.’
    • ‘She was quite aware of her own limitations, but absolutely incapable of changing herself.’
    • ‘I absolutely and totally agree with what Thatcher said’
    • ‘She stressed that the trust was absolutely committed to not using more beds for private healthcare than it could reprovide elsewhere.’
    • ‘Scotland coach Matt Williams is absolutely right in restricting the selection of the national rugby team to home players.’
    completely, totally, utterly, perfectly, entirely, wholly, fully, quite, thoroughly, unreservedly
    autocratically, despotically, dictatorially, tyrannically, tyrannously, in an authoritarian manner, arbitrarily, imperiously, domineeringly, high-handedly, with draconian powers, autonomously
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    1. 1.1 Used to emphasize a strong or exaggerated statement.
      ‘he absolutely adores that car’
      as submodifier ‘Dad was absolutely furious’
      ‘it's absolutely pouring out there’
      • ‘As for Ciccolini, his account is absolutely gorgeous with a strong improvisatory element.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She took a piece of dead skin off her nose and then concluded the look was absolutely perfect.’
      • ‘The views are absolutely wonderful - you can see for miles.’
      • ‘It's uncommercial, totally uncompromising, and absolutely essential.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘He's devastated, totally and absolutely devastated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think it is totally and absolutely disgusting.’
      • ‘The benign neglect that they seem to be going in for at the moment is, in my view, absolutely outrageous.’
      • ‘It is absolutely ridiculous, totally worthless, and it will create more problems than it will solve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The implications for horse racing are vast and, in my view, absolutely marvellous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have a nice little theatre, big enough for a party, with absolutely fabulous views over the Thames.’
      • ‘Of this much I'm certain - Down will be absolutely furious when I tell him that his words have been twisted in this way.’
      • ‘Placed neatly between Tobermory and Dervaig, right on Loch Frisa, Achnadrish House boasts absolutely cracking views.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I absolutely, totally and utterly fell in love with the place.’
      • ‘Doris was an absolutely delightful and totally wonderful person.’
      • ‘In our view, it is absolutely critically important that the Police Complaints Authority is independent and is seen to be independent.’
      • ‘Regardless of the circumstances it is absolutely vital that this trust is never broken.’
      • ‘I noticed out the window an absolutely stupendous view over Westminster.’
      • ‘The reaction of racegoers in Chicago was absolutely disgusting and totally uncalled for’
    2. 1.2with negative None whatsoever.
      ‘she had absolutely no idea what he was talking about’
      • ‘After checking this book out of the library I was surprised to find that there were no illustrations… absolutely none.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have absolutely no security installations whatsoever in the West Bank.’
      • ‘In light of these facts, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why beef prices cannot be maintained at the previous week's level.’
      • ‘In my opinion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to sharpen up a skill.’
      • ‘However, there's absolutely no indication whatsoever that the people who met with Vincent did anything improper.’
      • ‘But in the last fortnight, all of a sudden with absolutely no publicity whatsoever, the station's opening hours have been returned to normal.’
      • ‘Have you ever stood in a swimming pool filled with water, totally alone, with absolutely no movement?’
      • ‘This had absolutely no effect whatsoever on any person's salary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no risk whatsoever to Anthony.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unless you were listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, just as I was, you probably have absolutely no idea whatsoever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no qualification process - you sign up, you get on the plane, you ski!’
      • ‘And I have absolutely no quarrel whatsoever with how well, Steve, you performed your duties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      no … whatever, no … whatsoever, no … at all
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    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!’
      certainly, yes, indeed, of course, definitely, quite, positively, naturally, without doubt, without a doubt, without question, unquestionably
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  • 2Independently; not viewed in relation to other things or factors.

    ‘white-collar crime increased both absolutely and in comparison with other categories’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3Grammar
    (of a verb) without a stated object.