1) ADV: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use surely to emphasize that you think something should be true, and you would be surprised if it was not true.

You're an intelligent woman, surely you realize by now that I'm helping you...

You surely haven't forgotten Dr Walters?...

If I can accept this situation, surely you can.

2) ADV: ADV with cl, ADV before v If something will surely happen or is surely the case, it will definitely happen or is definitely the case. [FORMAL]

He knew that under the surgeon's knife he would surely die...

He is an artist, just as surely as Rembrandt or any other first-rate portrait painter is one.

3) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something is happening slowly but surely, you mean that it is happening gradually but it is definitely happening.

Slowly but surely she started to fall in love with him...

He's recovering, slowly but surely.

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