Meaning of ABSOLUTELY in English

ab ‧ so ‧ lute ‧ ly S1 W3 /ˈæbsəluːtli, ˌæbsəˈluːtli/ BrE AmE adverb

1 . completely and in every way:

He made his reasons for resigning absolutely clear.

Are you absolutely sure?

This cake is absolutely delicious.

2 . used to emphasize something:

The burglars took absolutely everything.

Jim knew absolutely nothing about the business when he joined the firm.

He has absolutely no experience of marketing.

3 . absolutely not! spoken used when you strongly disagree with someone or when you do not want someone to do something:

‘Do you let your kids travel alone at night?’ ‘Absolutely not!’

4 . absolutely! spoken used to say that you completely agree with someone

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▪ completely to the greatest degree or in every way:

That’s a completely different subject.


Bad weather had completely destroyed the crops.

▪ totally/absolutely especially spoken completely:

I’m totally exhausted.


He’s absolutely right.

▪ entirely completely – used especially in negative sentences or after ‘almost’:

I’m not entirely sure.


The community is almost entirely dependent on farming.

▪ utterly completely – used especially to emphasize strongly disapproving words:

It was utterly impossible to work in the house.


The whole thing is utterly absurd.

▪ fully completely – used especially to show that you completely understand something or that you have all the information you need:

He was fully aware of what was happening.


The disease is still not fully understood.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.