ac·tu·al·ly /ˈækʧ(əw)əli, ʃ(əw)əli; ˈækʃli, ˈæks-/
1. Actively. [Obs.] “Neither actually . . . nor passively.”
2. In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively.
adv 1: in actual fact; "to be nominally but not actually
independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large
meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt" [syn:
2: 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"; "they thought they made the rules but in
reality they were only puppets"; "people who seem
stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous" [syn: in
3: 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"
4: at the present moment; "the transmission screen shows the
picture that is actually on the air"