personally

adverb
per·​son·​al·​ly | \ ˈpərs-nə-lē How to pronounce personally (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nə-\

Definition of personally

1 : in person attend to the matter personally
2 : as a person : in personality personally attractive but not very trustworthy
3 : for oneself : as far as oneself is concerned personally, I don't want to go
4 : in a personal manner don't take this personally

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Synonyms for personally

Synonyms

face-to-face, tête-à-tête

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Examples of personally in a Sentence

You will be held personally responsible for any losses or damages. The player was personally criticized by his coach. He blamed me personally for causing the problem. I was personally offended by the article.
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And then a lot of personal letters came to the university targeting the billboard, even some personally written to me. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 An organization called METI International, meanwhile, also does optical searches, primarily with the Boquete Observatory in Panama and with volunteers’ personally owned telescopes. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 Over the decades, he was known for personally trying many of Broward County’s most violent criminals, most recently the 2018 re-sentencing for Gerhard Hojan, who fatally shot two employees during a robbery at a Davie Waffle House in 2002. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "After four decades in office, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz won’t run for re-election," 4 June 2019 Wise also made a point that the investments went to Craftmaster, not to Hubbard personally. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "Justices question AG’s office about Mike Hubbard conviction," 4 June 2019 Further, Boden speculated that cash might matter more to Holzhauer personally. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "James Holzhauer Prompted a Fundamental Question About Jeopardy," 4 June 2019 The common focus for many of the companies seems to be empowering women, individuals of color, and the betterment of lives—both professionally and personally. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Has Secretly Been Investing in Diverse Companies for the Past 5 Years," 17 Apr. 2019 And despite the strange bond between Trump and Putin personally, the two countries are increasingly at odds. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Jacques Garcia is not personally in the business of seduction. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Jacques Garcia Turned an Old Church into London's Hottest Hotel," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of personally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of personally was in the 14th century

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personally

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of personally

used to say that something was done or will be done by a particular person and not by someone else
used to say that someone knows a person or thing from personal experience and not because of someone else
: in a way that involves a particular person and no one else

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