Definition of indeed in English:



  • 1Used to emphasize a statement or response confirming something already suggested.

    ‘it was not expected to last long, and indeed it took less than three weeks’
    ‘“She should have no trouble hearing him.” “No indeed.”’
    • ‘But here we encounter another paradox that suggests we are indeed at a critical inflection point for policy and for markets.’
    • ‘An ultra-sound confirmed that she had indeed a problematic heart - due to a tight artery, her heart has thickened.’
    • ‘That statement was, indeed, a tribute to the actress, who stole the hearts of Tamil cinema-viewers.’
    • ‘As the title suggests, this is indeed a dark comedy.’
    • ‘It was glorious weather when I visited and, in the brief time I had my clothes off, I can confirm that it is indeed very pleasant to let the air get about your bits.’
    • ‘My response as a fellow student to this bright and astute statement is that I indeed view my education as an earth science major as an investment.’
    • ‘I'd like to take this opportunity to confirm that I did indeed purchase some expensive espionage equipment over the weekend.’
    • ‘It seems to confirm that he is indeed trying to say what he means and furthermore that he wants the rest of us to be clear what that is.’
    • ‘First, it suggests that there is indeed a distinction between affective and normative commitment.’
    • ‘They suggest that attitudes are indeed changing, although perhaps not as fast or extensively as one would like.’
    • ‘If confirmed, this is indeed a significant revision in the empirical evidence.’
    • ‘Such statements may indeed be a useful component of the rhetoric of justification, but never of the process of deliberation.’
    • ‘He showed no disgust - indeed in one question he was asked how happy he would be to eat soup that had been stirred with a washed fly swatter.’
    • ‘The program confirms that you do indeed own the album, and will then allow you to listen to it in streaming mp3 format from the site.’
    • ‘And recent tests in the North East on a group of coach potato schoolchildren appeared to confirm that this is indeed the stuff of brain power.’
    • ‘I have confirmed this is indeed accurate, occurring a couple of weeks ago now.’
    • ‘A look out the window confirmed that I was indeed in the Twilight Zone, as huge, unnatural snowflakes fell to the ground.’
    • ‘As you no doubt suspected or has already been confirmed, it was indeed a suicide.’
    • ‘These are dramatic figures which suggest something is indeed seriously awry with Bermuda's black men.’
    • ‘Using these facts, he suggested that time does indeed vary at the very highest speeds - and his theory has been subsequently proved.’
    yes, certainly, assuredly, emphatically, absolutely, exactly, precisely, of course, definitely, quite, positively, naturally, without doubt, without a doubt, without question, unquestionably, undoubtedly, doubtlessly, indubitably
    as expected, to be sure, in fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in truth, truly, actually, really, in reality, as it happened, as it happens, certainly, surely, for sure, undeniably, veritably, nay, if truth be told, you could say
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    1. 1.1Used to emphasize a description, typically of a quality or condition.
      ‘it was a very good buy indeed’
      ‘thank you very much indeed’
      • ‘Thank you very much indeed for sharing your experience with us in terms of just trying to get an understanding as to how the system operates.’
      • ‘Anyway, can I first of all say thank you very much indeed for your contribution today and your contribution so far.’
      • ‘Can I start by saying thank you very much indeed for accepting our invitation to attend the Inquiry this afternoon and to give us evidence.’
      • ‘Madam here is growing very nicely indeed thank you.’
      • ‘Well, thank you very much indeed, Mr Robinson, for your closing comments.’
      • ‘It is very funny indeed and any attempt to describe it here would not do it justice - it is something that has to be seen and experienced.’
      • ‘Okay, well, thank you very much indeed for that additional enlightening point.’
      • ‘Thank you very much indeed, and thank you for your generous offer.’
      • ‘Thank you indeed Portugal, from an appreciative Scottish nation delighted with their efforts last Monday.’
      • ‘Sandra Yates, thank you very much indeed for taking time to talk to us on Radio National.’
      • ‘Thank you indeed for all the information sent with the entry form and the map.’
      • ‘Good afternoon, and thank you very much indeed for your submission.’
      • ‘And so it was that I spent most of the day pulling up small clumps of grass from the gravel drive. Best described as very Zen indeed.’
      • ‘For those who have dived upon an untouched shipwreck the experience is described as very moving indeed.’
      • ‘The editor loved it - described it as brilliant - which made me very happy indeed.’
      • ‘He painted a pretty grim picture indeed of what he described as the perilous state of health services, in Kerry.’
      • ‘Just moving to my closing words, can I first of all thank you very much indeed for coming along and for the help that you have given to us.’
      • ‘It looks very good indeed, I see they've published a nice booklet describing everything the Mournes have going for them.’
      • ‘Gus, thank you very much indeed for talking to us.’
      • ‘I just want to say thank you very much indeed to you and your colleagues for your help and assistance.’
      very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, extraordinarily, to a fault, in the extreme, extra, tremendously, immensely, singularly, significantly, distinctly, outstandingly, uncommonly, unusually, decidedly, particularly, eminently, supremely, highly, remarkably, really, truly, mightily, thoroughly
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  • 2Used to introduce a further and stronger or more surprising point.

    ‘the idea is attractive to many men and indeed to many women’
    • ‘You might like to read him that way but it is certainly not what he is doing in Introduction To Metaphysics or indeed any other work, as far as I can see.’
    • ‘Perhaps some of the ideas have been put before, indeed it would be surprising if they had not been.’
    • ‘The application to intervene is consented to and, indeed, strongly supported by The National Post.’
    • ‘McCarthy played very well when introduced and, indeed, finished as his side's top scorer.’
    • ‘Never mind that Neon Lights is totally void of a well-constructed song, or indeed a strong vocal performance.’
    • ‘Adding to my surprise, and, indeed, to that of the viewers around the globe, was his sharp memory and mental alertness.’
    • ‘But even strong women, and indeed strong men, can wake up in the morning with aches and pains in the upper body.’
  • 3Used in a response to express interest, incredulity, or contempt.

    ‘“His neck was broken.” “Indeed?”’
    ‘Nice boys, indeed—they were going to smash his head in!’
    • ‘So this was his last adventure! Haunted indeed! That beautiful devil!’
    • ‘How, indeed, had a boy who looked not much older then she did survive all alone in the woods with all kinds of dangers?’
    • ‘‘That will show them. "More like a grocer than a burglar" indeed! Well, we'll hear no more of that.’’
    1. 3.1Expressing interest of an ironic kind with repetition of a question just asked.
      ‘“Who'd believe it?” “Who indeed?”’
      • ‘‘So what exactly do they want to hide?’ What indeed?’
      • ‘‘No, no! Who should we bury, Sir?’ returned the sexton. ‘Aye, who indeed! I say with you, who indeed!’’


Middle English: originally as in deed.