per·son·al·ly | \ˈpərs-nə-lē, 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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So a lot of my own evolution, personally, when thinking through this, has obviously kind of been influenced by her in this. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 From decorating cakes with Duff Goldman to spending a day with Buddy Valastro to hanging out with Katy Perry, Ramsay personally made each phone call or met with the children to tell them their wish was coming true. Jessica Fecteau,, "Gordon Ramsay Grants 32 Make-A-Wish Requests In 24 Hours," 13 June 2018 The young men who live at Providence Farm say the ever-present support system, which includes community members, fellow residents and the facility’s staff, plays a key role in making their time in Northbrook personally impactful. Alexandra Kukulka,, "A year after opening, sober living facility finds support from Northbrook community," 12 June 2018 Nearly three months after March for Our Lives became the defining political moment for a generation, its young Parkland organizers will board buses to make their voter-activism plea personally in communities large and small across Florida. Ben Crandell,, "What Parkland students will find across Florida on Road to Change," 8 June 2018 He recalled being rebuffed in his bid to personally deliver a letter from Bush to Kim Jong Il -- in a standard business-size envelope. The Washington Post,, "Has North Korea already trumped the U.S. in the propaganda war?," 2 June 2018 The Expanse announcement, stunningly, was made personally by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during a Friday panel at the International Space Development Conference, where Bezos was receiving an award for advocacy in the colonization of space. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Is Picking Up 'The Expanse' From SyFy, Because Streaming Is Eating The Universe," 26 May 2018 This is an incredible honor, one that means a great deal to me personally and to everyone at the brewery. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Bell's Two Hearted ranked No. 1 by America's home brewers," 21 June 2018 Hitting Trump personally might work on its own terms. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America’s allies should respond to steel tariffs with targeted sanctions on the Trump Organization," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of personally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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one that holds something together

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