cer|tain|ly [ `sɜrtnli ] adverb ***
1. ) used for emphasizing that something is definitely true or will definitely happen:
I certainly hope you're right.
There certainly wasn't any point in doing it now.
2. ) used for expressing agreement or giving permission:
We'd like you to explain your proposal to us in greater detail. Certainly.
certainly not
used for saying no or refusing permission in a strong clear way:
Barney will be so relieved. Can I tell him? Certainly not.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Certainly — Cer tain*ly, adv. Without doubt or question; unquestionably. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • certainly — index a fortiori, admittedly, fairly (clearly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • certainly — c.1300, in all main modern senses, from CERTAIN (Cf. certain) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • certainly — [adv] without doubt absolutely, assuredly, cert*, exactly, for a fact, of course, positively, posolutely*, right on*, surely, unquestionably, without fail; concept 535 Ant. doubtfully, dubiously, equivocally, questionably …   New thesaurus

  • certainly — ► ADVERB 1) definitely; undoubtedly. 2) yes; by all means …   English terms dictionary

  • certainly — [sʉrt′ nlē] adv. 1. beyond a doubt; surely 2. yes …   English World dictionary

  • certainly — cer|tain|ly W1S1 [ˈsə:tnli US ˈsə:r ] adv [sentence adverb] 1.) without any doubt = ↑definitely ▪ I certainly never expected to become a writer. ▪ They re certainly not mine. it is certainly true/possible etc ▪ It is certainly true that there are …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • certainly — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)t(ə)nli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use certainly to emphasize what you are saying when you are making a statement. The public is certainly getting tired of hearing about it... The bombs are almost certainly …   English dictionary

  • certainly — adverb (sentence adverb) 1 without any doubt; of course: Certainly we ll consider your suggestion, Alan. | That certainly does change the situation. | Not smoking has made a real difference. It certainly has. see of course, surely 2 used to agree …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • certainly */*/*/ — UK [ˈsɜː(r)t(ə)nlɪ] / US [ˈsɜrt(ə)nlɪ] adverb 1) used for emphasizing that something is definitely true or will definitely happen I certainly hope you re right. There certainly wasn t any point in doing it now. 2) spoken used for expressing… …   English dictionary

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