surely

surely(
shuhr
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (certainly)
a. seguramente
She's surely the best person for the job.Seguramente es el mejor candidato para el puesto.
b. sin duda
Time travel surely won't happen in our lifetimes.El viaje a través del tiempo sin duda no lo verán nuestros ojos.
2. (used to express strong belief)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Rossi must surely be the favorite to win.Rossi tiene que ser el gran favorito.
Surely there must be lots of people in the same situation.Tiene que haber mucha gente en la misma situación.
3. (used to express disbelief)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Surely you haven't forgotten they're coming to dinner tonight?¿No te habrás olvidado de que vienen a cenar esta noche?
You don't need to take all this, surely? You're only going away for the weekend.No vas a llevar todo esto, ¿verdad? Es un viaje de fin de semana nada más.
4. (with assurance)
a. con seguridad
She played the piece surely and with great expression.Tocó la pieza con seguridad y gran expresión a la vez.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
interjection
5. (of course)
a. por supuesto
Would I be able to get a ride with you? - Surely! I'll pick you up at 7 pm.¿Me podrías llevar en tu auto? - ¡Por supuesto! Te recogeré a las 7 pm.
b. cómo no
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Could I borrow your pen? - Surely!¿Me prestas tu bolígrafo? - ¡Cómo no!
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surely
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (certainly)
a. seguramente, sin duda
surely you don't believe that!¡no me digas que te crees eso!
surely not!¡no me digas!
2. (in a sure manner)
a.
slowly but surelylento pero seguro
surely [ˈʃʊəlɪ]
adverb
1 (emphatic) (in questions)
surely there must be something we can do? algo habrá que podemos hacer, ¿no?
but surely this will cost a lot of money? if she had escaped, surely it would have been in the papers. surely it is not too late for sense to prevail? surely it would have been better to appoint someone who knew what he was doing? surely it's all just a question of taste? surely it is better to steal than to starve? surely life in an aviary is better than extinction? life as a single parent is hard, but surely it's better than rushing into an unsatisfactory marriage?
(expressing opinion)
there must surely be a more effective way of punishing such people tiene que haber una forma más eficaz de castigar a esa clase de gente, digo or creo yo; surely it is better to steal than to starve mejor será robar que pasar hambre, digo or creo yo; it is surely no coincidence that ... digo or creo yo que no es una coincidencia que ...
if she had escaped, surely it would have been in the papers. surely it's all just a question of taste? surely life in an aviary is better than extinction. life as a single parent is hard, but surely it's better than rushing into an unsatisfactory marriage? it's an offer they surely cannot refuse the logical outcome must surely be his resignation the time has surely come for even the most ardent supporters of the ERM to acknowledge that German reunification has put an otherwise balanced system out of kilter surely it is the duty of the UN to bring these murderers to justice rose must surely be the favourite perfume of all time. While the political repurcussions may not come immediately, they will surely come ...in that dangerous time, which must surely come, she would be far away it's an offer they surely cannot refuse the logical outcome must surely be his resignation the time has surely come for even the most ardent supporters of the ERM to acknowledge that German reunification has put an otherwise balanced system out of kilter surely it is the duty of the UN to bring these murderers to justice rose must surely be the favourite perfume of all time. While the political repurcussions may not come immediately, they will surely come ...in that dangerous time, which must surely come, she would be far away
(expressing surprise)
surely you are not suggesting she did it on purpose? no estarás insinuando que lo hizo a propósito ¿verdad?; surely it's obvious? pero si es obvio, ¿no?; surely the logical thing would have been to change banks? lo más lógico habría sido cambiar de banco, ¿no?
surely you're not suggesting that he was lying! you're an intelligent woman, surely you realize by now that I'm helping you? surely you can't condone that sort of violence? surely you don't believe he stole it! surely you don't mean that!
you surely don't think it was me! ¡no pensarás que fui yo!
you surely don't want to spend the vacation all alone in London surely you didn't just forget about him! surely it`s further than 60 miles "she's approaching ninety." "Eighty-five, Mother, surely?"
surely not no puede ser
Keith a traitor? Surely not. Not Keith. "What's it been? 6 months?" "More like a year." "Surely not!" "You could grow vines out of doors." "Surely not. They wouldn't ripen ..." Are the directors ashamed of their salaries? Surely not!
surely to Godsurely to goodness
surely to God that's what everyone wants está claro que es eso lo que quiere todo el mundo ¿no?; surely to goodness that itself is reason enough to call the police seguro que eso en sí mismo es motivo suficiente para llamar a la policía, ¿no?
2 (undoubtedly) sin duda
she was surely one of the greatest sopranos of all time sin duda fue una de las sopranos más destacadas de todos los tiempos
the committee will meet for what must surely be the last time the issue of sexual harassment is surely going to be with us for quite a while the death from exhaustion that surely awaited them
justice will surely prevail sin duda la justicia prevalecerá
if he supported the government, a knighthood would surely follow without Lineker, the team would almost surely have been relegated the overall package will almost surely lead to higher spending, higher taxes
he is an artist, just as surely as Rembrandt es pintor, tan seguro como que lo era Rembrandt
The big companies will die as surely as the dinosaur He seemed headed for the gutter, as surely as any junkie
his time will surely come no cabe duda de que le llegará su momento
3 (US) (of course) por supuesto; ¡cómo no!; (LAm)
"will you excuse me just a second?" — "surely" —¿me permite un momento? —¡por supuesto! or —¡cómo no!; (LAm)
4 (safely, confidently) con seguridad
The women would climb past me slowly and surely in bare feet
he handles the issue surely but with sensitivity maneja el asunto con seguridad y sensibilidad a la vez
The women would climb past me slowly and surely in bare feet
slowly but surely lento pero seguro
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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