Actually /ˈæktʃəwəli/ adverb


1 used to refer to what is true or real

  • I don’t know what actually [=really] happened.
  • After all these months, it’s hard to believe that we’re actually [=really, truly] finished.
  • Actually, to me, you are perfect.

2 used to stress that a statement is true especially when it differs in some way from what might have been thought or expected

  • We’d actually planned to leave early, but we were delayed.
  • I wasn’t worried about being late. Actually, I didn’t want to go at all.
  • I didn’t think I’d like the movie, but it was actually pretty good.