adjective \ˈver-ē, ˈve-rē\

—used to emphasize that you are talking about one specific thing or part and not another

: not having anything added or extra

—used to emphasize that something belongs to or is part of a particular person or thing


Full Definition of VERY

a :  properly entitled to the name or designation :  true <the fierce hatred of a very woman — J. M. Barrie>
b :  actual, real <the very blood and bone of our grammar — H. L. Smith †1972>
c :  simple, plain <in very truth>
a :  exact, precise <the very heart of the city>
b :  exactly suitable or necessary <the very thing for the purpose>
a :  absolute, utter <the veriest fool alive>
b :  unqualified, sheer <the very shame of it>
—used as an intensive especially to emphasize identity <before my very eyes>
:  mere, bare <the very thought terrified him>
:  being the same one :  selfsame <the very man I saw>
:  special, particular <the very essence of truth is plainness and brightness — John Milton>

Examples of VERY

  1. <we stayed in the very hotel my parents stayed in for their honeymoon>
  2. <the very thought of having to go through that again is scary>

Origin of VERY

Middle English verray, verry, from Anglo-French verai, from Vulgar Latin *veracus, alteration of Latin verac-, verax truthful, from verus true; akin to Old English ̄r true, Old High German wāra trust, care, Greek ēra (accusative) favor
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of VERY

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things <took the same route> <derived from the selfsame source>. very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same, may imply likeness in kind <the very point I was trying to make>. identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details <identical results>. equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance <two houses equivalent in market value>. equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality <equal shares in the business>.



: to a great degree

—used to emphasize the exactness of a description

Full Definition of VERY

:  in actual fact :  truly <the very best store in town> <told the very same story>
:  to a high degree :  exceedingly <very hot> <didn't hurt very much>

Examples of VERY

  1. <that was a very brave thing to do>
  2. <the very same thing happened to me>

First Known Use of VERY

14th century
VERIEST Defined for Kids


adverb \ˈver-ē\

Definition of VERY for Kids

:  to a great degree :  extremely <It was very hot.>
:  in actual fact :  truly <That's the very best chocolate you can buy.>



Definition of VERY for Kids

:  1exact, precise <David … likes to go to the very top of that hill … — Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh>
:  exactly suitable or necessary <That's the very tool for this job.>
:  mere, bare <The very thought frightened them.>
:  exactly the same <That's the very story I told.>

Word Root of VERY

The Latin word vērus, meaning true, gives us the root ver. Words from the Latin vērus have something to do with the truth. To verify is to prove that something is true. A verdict is the judgment of truth that a jury reaches in a court. Very is another way of saying truly, as in very good.


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