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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First Known Use of personally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Personally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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