|1.||[ adverb ] in actual fact|
"to be nominally but not actually independent" "no one actually saw the shark" "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"
|Related terms:||real actual real actual|
|2.||[ adverb ] used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly|
"you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out" "she actually spoke Latin" "people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous"
|3.||[ adverb ] at the present moment|
"the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"
|4.||[ adverb ] as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis|
"actually, we all help clear up after a meal" "actually, I haven't seen the film" "I'm not all that surprised actually" "she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"