American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. With confidence; unhesitatingly.
- adv. Undoubtedly; certainly: You surely can't be serious.
- adv. Without fail: Slowly but surely spring returns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Certainly; infallibly; undoubtedly; assuredly: often used, like doubtless, in a manner implying doubt or question.
- Firmly; stably; safely; securely.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a sure or certain manner; certainly; infallibly; undoubtedly; assuredly.
- adv. Without danger; firmly; steadly; securely.
- adv. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
- sure + -ly (Wiktionary)
“There was a wife and a little, little baby, "Oh, _so_ little!" far up on the mountain-side; they would starve; surely, _surely_ they would starve!”
“Oh, surely, _surely_ now, some ship will sight it and come in!" proclaimed Jean, as she turned to scan the sea, her face alight with the faith inspired by the faded colors.”
“But to him the title surely belongs; and there is no competent judge, who, when made aware of the great talents and acquisitions, theoretical and practical, of Mr. Lewis in the science of music, will not cheerfully accord it to him.”
“Another title surely beckons at the European Indoor Championships in Paris in March.”
“And finally Atalanta who I think will already be relegated. there are still three matches left. why have roma already conceded the title. players with tears, all round despondency is not going to help them. if they want to win the title surely they need to be mentally stronger”
“This surely is the measure of ‘lifeness’ and indeed great fiction: the amount of blood the reader and character share.”
“If they are then, in a reverse of this situation, enabled to declare their London home as their principal home for Tax purposes, this surely is a feathering of the nest which, whilst lawful at the moment, ought to be abolished right away.”
“It Could Happen to You" (changed from "Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip," the new title surely plays on "It Should Happen to You," George Cukor's lovely, little-known 1954 comedy) is shamelessly old-fashioned: it shouldn't float, but it does.”
“After the publication of her second short story collection, Crucial Instances, Wharton received what she termed surely one of the tersest and most vigorous letters ever penned by an amateur critic.”
“This surely is the ultimate absurdity of the permissive society because it leads directly and inexorably to chaos and the rule of the jungle!”
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All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
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Looking for tweets for surely.