Spanish translation of 'surely'
a. (in questions)
surely there must be something we can do? algo habrá que podemos hacer, ¿no?
b. (expressing opinion)
there must surely be a more effective way of punishing such people tiene que haber una forma más eficaz de castigar a esa clase de gente, digo or creo yo
surely it is better to steal than to starve mejor será robar que pasar hambre, digo or creo yo
it is surely no coincidence that ... digo or creo yo que no es una coincidencia que ...
c. (expressing surprise)
surely you are not suggesting she did it on purpose? no estarás insinuando que lo hizo a propósito ¿verdad?
surely it’s obvious? pero si es obvio, ¿no?
surely the logical thing would have been to change banks? lo más lógico habría sido cambiar de banco, ¿no?
you surely don’t think it was me! ¡no pensarás que fui yo!
surely not no puede ser
surely to God (very informal)
surely to goodness, (informal):
surely to God that’s what everyone wants (very informal) está claro que es eso lo que quiere todo el mundo ¿no?
surely to goodness that itself is reason enough to call the police (informal) seguro que eso en sí mismo es motivo suficiente para llamar a la policía, ¿no?
2. (= undoubtedly) sin duda
she was surely one of the greatest sopranos of all time sin duda fue una de las sopranos más destacadas de todos los tiempos
justice will surely prevail sin duda la justicia prevalecerá
he is an artist, just as surely as Rembrandt es pintor, tan seguro como que lo era Rembrandt
his time will surely come no cabe duda de que le llegará su momento
3. (especially US) (= of course) por supuesto ⧫ ¡cómo no! (Latin America)
“will you excuse me just a second?” — “surely” —¿me permite un momento? —¡por supuesto! or (Latin America) —¡cómo no!
4. (= safely, confidently) con seguridad
he handles the issue surely but with sensitivity maneja el asunto con seguridad y sensibilidad a la vez
slowly but surely lento pero seguro
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Example Sentences Including 'surely'
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Surely his own case was foremost in his mind.The Times Literary Supplement (2010)
The same is surely true of any religious organization.The Times Literary Supplement (2012)
Surely one of his favourite dishes would do no harm?The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy (2007)
The moment when he will die is surely nearer.1066: and the Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry (2004)
If that is true then surely the value of the index does not include the dividends?Times, Sunday Times (2009)
If this is true, surely the buyer must have lied.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Some are surely just about music critics showing off.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Surely each case should be assessed individually.The Sun (2010)
Surely this was just a collection of old buildings randomly assembled that could be casually dispersed?Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The detail would surely make the case for its retention.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The end is not yet nigh but the die is surely cast.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The first project manager to win both of her tasks means she must surely make the final.The Sun (2009)
The dogs would surely die, but who was he to kill them?The Broken God (1993)
The moral is surely a good one.Vanity Fair (1837)
Slowly but surely he is getting there.The Sun (2010)
Slowly but surely they become known in their organisation for their one thing.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Slowly but surely he regained some physical fitness and the angina became less troublesome.Coping with Angina (1990)
If she had bolted she would surely have died.The Sun (2015)
Surely no one thought she was genuinely in love with him?The Sun (2011)
Surely this just adds to their burden.The Sun (2009)
This policy surely means only the elite will be able to study medicine as a second degree.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
In a minority of cases this is surely true.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This surely means tax rises are inevitable.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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'surely' in Other Languages
British English: surely /ˈʃʊəlɪ; ˈʃɔː-/ ADVERB
You use surely to emphasize that you think something should be true, and you would be surprised if it was not true.
You surely haven't forgotten Dr Walters?
- American English: surely
- Arabic: بِالتَأْكِيد
- Brazilian Portuguese: certamente
- Chinese: 一定
- Croatian: svakako
- Czech: jistě
- Danish: helt sikkert
- Dutch: ongetwijfeld
- European Spanish: seguramente
- Finnish: varmasti
- French: assurément
- German: sicher
- Greek: ασφαλώς
- Italian: sicuramente
- Japanese: 確かに
- Korean: 확실하게
- Norwegian: sikkert
- Polish: pewnie niewątpliwie
- European Portuguese: certamente
- Romanian: sigur
- Russian: несомненно
- Spanish: seguramente
- Swedish: säkert
- Thai: อย่างแน่นอน
- Turkish: muhakkak
- Ukrainian: напевно
- Vietnamese: một cách chắc chắn
Translation of surely from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary