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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Additionally, unlike vans, the motorcycles are personally owned by Flipkart’s delivery workers. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart wants 40% of its delivery vans to be electric by next year," 28 June 2019 Many of us have experienced it personally, or know female colleagues who have dealt with discrimination, bullying, overt sexism, and institutional roadblocks. Quartz at Work, "Young female doctors are at high risk for burnout and “self-care” is not the answer," 27 June 2019 Elon Musk is reportedly personally involved in testing out and debugging the advanced driver assist system, which uses a host of cameras and sensors to control the vehicle’s speed, braking, and steering. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot is like Waze on steroids," 6 Nov. 2018 Don't take it personally and overreact if someone seems rude or pushy. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 18, 2019: Happy birthday to actress Kim Dickens; Libra, help others by staying calm," 18 June 2019 Alaska Native people don’t have to have personally experienced boarding schools and forced assimilation to feel the effects of historical trauma. Anchorage Daily News, "Tradition, culture, and the healing power of community," 18 June 2019 While applying her scientific knowledge to understanding cancer, Stewart confronted cancer personally. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 Sartorial inheritance is perhaps innocuous, even if personally significant, whereas conflating outworn ideas of identity with homage is profoundly dangerous. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 Our philosophy is to be surrounded with talented, caring people who all have the highest level of integrity, and to provide them with an environment that helps them succeed professionally and personally. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019

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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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