AskDefine | Define surely

Dictionary Definition

surely adv : definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely'); "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come" [syn: certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. without fail.
    slowly but surely
  2. certainly, undoubtedly.
    surely you must be joking
  3. with confidence.
    his feet were planted surely on the ground


  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...


Extensive Definition

"Surely" is the name of a 1995 single by British pop group Five Star, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. in October of that year (see 1995 in music). The single was a U.S. only release, available in the UK as an import.
The song includes a rap by Junior P, one of America's top rap stars. This was the first time Five Star had used a rapper on one of their songs.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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