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


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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My favorite is the gray and white option, personally. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "This Genius Storage Bean Bag Chair Stops Toys From Taking Over Your House," 5 Apr. 2019 The Senate Ethics Committee would evaluate the claim and determine whether members should personally be on the hook. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Brill’s team then traveled to Wyoming, where many of the siblings live, to film the videos; though Brill didn’t personally take part. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Republican Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse His Opponent," 22 Sep. 2018 Van Drew’s campaign has condemned Grossman’s remarks, though Van Drew himself has declined to personally attack Grossman, a longtime friend. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "National GOP withdraws support for South Jersey congressional candidate Seth Grossman over 'bigotry'," 9 July 2018 Trump took it personally and offered to campaign for Tester’s challenger. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 The government says Bruyneel is personally liable for $1.2 million and could be on the hook for an additional $451,000, along with Tailwind Sports, the defunct company that owned their cycling team. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "U.S. government seeks more payback in Lance Armstrong case," 3 July 2018 Jay never hesitated to speak his mind and surface issues that needed to be addressed to make our ship better, no matter how difficult that might be for him personally. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 30 June 2018 Still, most Americans think tech companies benefit them personally—and to a lesser degree—society. Fortune, "Do Tech Companies Really Censor Political Views? Most Americans Think So," 28 June 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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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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an enemy or opponent

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