• With adverbs of manner. [from 17thc.]
  • With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs. [from 18thc.]
  • Before a noun preceded by the definite article. [from 18thc.]
  • With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs. [from 15thc.]
  • Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions. [from 16thc.]
  • Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.) [from 17thc.]
  • Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable. [from 18thc.]
  • To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather. [from 19thc.]
  • With verbs, especially past participles. [from 14thc.]
  • With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc. [from 16thc.]
  • (heading) In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
  • Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative. [from 18thc.]
  • (now rare) With prepositional or adverbial phrases. [from 18thc.]
  • (heading) To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
  • With predicative adjectives. [from 15thc.]


  • (chiefly Britain) Indicates agreement; "exactly so".


  • (bullfighting) A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.

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