re·al·ly (rēə-lē′, rēlē)
1. In actual truth or fact: There isn't really a lake there; it's just a mirage.
2. To a great degree; very much: I would really like to meet your sister.
3. Very; utterly: That was a really enjoyable evening.
4. Without a doubt; indeed: Really, I don't want more dessert.
Used to express surprise, skepticism, displeasure, or interest: "I've been reading her diary." "Really?"
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