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 With the short season and everything, everything is out the window personally. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker wants to show his glove is catching up to his bat," 10 July 2020 Tonight: Don't take it personally if a familiar group breaks up., "Horoscope," 9 July 2020 President Donald Trump is personally indifferent to the nation’s plight. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Electoral College Is an American Humiliation," 8 July 2020 On Tuesday, the day after California reported more than 8,000 new cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed to take the setback personally. Erin Allday,, "How did we get here? California struggling to stay on top of pandemic," 5 July 2020 For me personally, playing a smaller number of games is something that’s beneficial. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shortened season, universal DH has Ryan Braun re-thinking his possible retirement plans," 5 July 2020 Umeh recommended that both children and partners understand that menopause can cause people to express negative emotions unpredictably, but families should try not to take it personally. Washington Post, "Why everyone needs to know more about menopause — especially now," 29 June 2020 The actors, for their part, don't seem to take it personally either. Christian Holub,, "Rick Riordan slams the Percy Jackson movies as 'my life's work going through a meat grinder'," 8 June 2020 For me, personally, making real change is so much bigger than marching and protesting and all of these other things. Greg Moore, azcentral, "UFC boss Dana White: Athletes should be free to speak out about racism in America," 5 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Personally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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