1) ADV-GRADED: ADV before v, ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use definitely to emphasize that something is the case, or to emphasize the strength of your intention or opinion.

I'm definitely going to get in touch with these people...

Something should definitely be done about that...

`I think the earlier ones are a lot better.' - `Mm, definitely.'

2) ADV: ADV before v If something has been definitely decided, the decision will not be changed.

He told them that no venue had yet been definitely decided.

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