Definition of 'surely'
Video: pronunciation of 'surely'
Example sentences containing 'surely'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
The detail would surely make the case for its retention. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Surely this was just a collection of old buildings randomly assembled that could be casually dispersed? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The moment when he will die is surely nearer. 1066: and the Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry (2004)The moral is surely a good one. Vanity Fair (1837) Slowly but surely they become known in their organisation for their one thing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The same is surely true of any religious organization. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)This surely means tax rises are inevitable. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Surely his own case was foremost in his mind. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Surely this just adds to their burden. The Sun (2009)The end is not yet nigh but the die is surely cast. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Surely one of his favourite dishes would do no harm? The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy (2007) Slowly but surely he regained some physical fitness and the angina became less troublesome. Coping with Angina (1990)If that is true then surely the value of the index does not include the dividends? Times, Sunday Times (2009)This policy surely means only the elite will be able to study medicine as a second degree. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Surely each case should be assessed individually. The Sun (2010)Some are surely just about music critics showing off. Times, Sunday Times (2008)If she had bolted she would surely have died. The Sun (2015) Slowly but surely he is getting there. The Sun (2010)The first project manager to win both of her tasks means she must surely make the final. The Sun (2009)In a minority of cases this is surely true. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Surely no one thought she was genuinely in love with him? The Sun (2011)If this is true, surely the buyer must have lied. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Trends of 'surely'
Very Common. surely is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'surely'
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
Definition of surely from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.