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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Justice is also personally on the hook for $368 million in remaining loan debt to that bank, according to court documents. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Roman Puglise and Matt Higgins don’t know each other personally, but there’s a certain level of respect between the short-stick defensive midfielders for the Maryland and Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse programs. Edward Lee,, 21 May 2021 Before investing, users must acknowledge the risks that come with investing in securities and—though some users might already know the principals in the company personally—are cautioned to research a company. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 3 May 2021 What makes these legislations even more threatening is the fact that the majority of Americans don’t know a trans person personally., 2 May 2021 Get to know them personally and celebrate their life wins. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 What is one of your most memorable moments, personally, covering the sport? Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 Because personally, my skincare, my makeup was a disaster. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 21 May 2021 Having personally been an IO on many occasions, I was counseled to schedule my interviews and evidence collection in a manner that delays as long as possible alerting the person being investigated. Robert M. Berg, National Review, 19 May 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Personally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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