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English - Vietnamese Dictionary
surely /'ʃuəli/
  • phó từ
    • chắc chắn
      • he knows full surely that: chắc chắn là anh ta biết điều ấy quá đi rồi
    • rõ ràng, không ngờ gì nữa
      • I have met you before: rõ ràng là tôi đã gặp anh trước rồi
    • nhất định rồi (trong câu trả lời)
      • You will come, won't you? - Surely: anh sẽ tới chứ? nhất định rồi!
Concise Dictionary
'ʃʊrlɪ /'ʃʊə-
adv.
+definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
Thesaurus Dictionary
adv.
1 certainly, to be sure, positively, absolutely, definitely, undoubtedly, indubitably, unquestionably, beyond the shadow of a doubt, beyond question, doubtless, doubtlessly, assuredly, Colloq sure, US absotively-posolutely:
He is surely one of the finest riders I've ever seen.
2 firmly, solidly, confidently, unfalteringly, steadily, unswervingly, unhesitatingly, determinedly, doggedly, securely:
Slowly but surely, the Great Bamboni stepped out onto the tightrope stretched across the Reichenbach Falls.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ adverb
1 used to show that you are almost certain of what you are saying and want other people to agree with you: Surely we should do something about it? + It's surely only a matter of time before he is found, isn't it?
2 used with a negative to show that sth surprises you and you do not want to believe it: Surely you don't think I was responsible for this? + 'They're getting married.' 'Surely not!' + They won't go, surely?
3 (formal) without doubt; certainly: He knew that if help did not arrive soon they would surely die.
4 (old-fashioned, AmE, spoken) used to say 'yes' to sb or to agree to sth
Idioms see SLOWLY
WHICH WORD?
surely / certainly
You use surely, especially in BrE, to show that you are almost certain about what you are saying and you want other people to agree with you: Surely this can't be right? Surely in negative sentences shows that something surprises you and you do not want to believe it:
You're surely not thinking of going, are you?

Certainly usually means 'without doubt' or 'definitely', and is used to show that you strongly believe something or to emphasize that something is really true: I'll certainly remember this trip! In informal AmE this would be:
I'll sure remember this trip!

Compare: The meal was certainly too expensive (= there is no doubt about it) and The meal was surely too expensive? (= that is my opinion. Don't you agree?).
In formal language only, surely can be used to mean 'without doubt': This will surely end in disaster.
- note at COURSE, SURE


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