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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Penny personally attacks him and removes his own tattoo as payback, with the hope of killing him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 On the other hand, research from Cornell University finds that remote workers are at greater risk for feeling personally and professionally isolated than their in-office colleagues. Markham Heid, Time, "Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?," 9 July 2018 As the push to reform the state’s CORI laws began to gather momentum, Small sought to bring in organizers who were personally affected by the issue. Adrian Walker,, "Ex-offenders lose a tireless advocate," 3 July 2018 This is Mattis' first trip to China, both personally and as defense secretary. Lolita C. Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, "Mattis stops in Alaska on his way to Asia, seeks ‘conversation’ with Chinese," 25 June 2018 Have any of your fans, especially young women, reached out to you, saying your music touched them personally? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alessia Cara Turns Her "Growing Pains" Into Pop Perfection," 18 June 2018 The instructor will personally design the day according to everyone’s need and skill level, exploring with you the best beginner areas or the most advanced terrain. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Don’t know him personally, nothing against him off the field. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Rays and Nationals had a bench-clearing incident over pitcher's 3-week-old grudge," 26 June 2018 If a Pisces cancels on you or needs to reschedule the first date, don't take it personally. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 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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living or existing for a long time

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