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in fact

Actually; in reality; to be very specific. Often used to emphasize a point or be more specific. He's a great player. In fact, he may be the best shortstop I've ever coached. It took the police a while to come to the conclusion that the two suspects were, in fact, the same person.
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in fact

in reality; really; actually. I'm over forty. In fact, I'm forty-six. This is a very good computer. In fact, it's the best.
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in fact

Also, in point of fact. In reality, in truth; actually. For example, She was, in fact, eager to join the club, or In point of fact, his parents never had much influence on him. The first term dates from about 1700, and the variant from about 1800.
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in (actual) ˈfact


1 used to emphasize a statement, especially one that is the opposite of what has just been mentioned: This £10 note looks genuine but it is, in actual fact, a fake.I thought the talk would be boring but in fact it was very interesting.
2 used to give extra details about something that has just been mentioned: It was cold. In fact, it was freezing.
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in (point of) fact

In reality or in truth; actually.
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