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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Trump took it personally and offered to campaign for Tester’s challenger. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 The government says Bruyneel is personally liable for $1.2 million and could be on the hook for an additional $451,000, along with Tailwind Sports, the defunct company that owned their cycling team. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "U.S. government seeks more payback in Lance Armstrong case," 3 July 2018 Jay never hesitated to speak his mind and surface issues that needed to be addressed to make our ship better, no matter how difficult that might be for him personally. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 30 June 2018 Still, most Americans think tech companies benefit them personally—and to a lesser degree—society. Fortune, "Do Tech Companies Really Censor Political Views? Most Americans Think So," 28 June 2018 The firm also missed a $2-million payment, personally guaranteed by Avenatti, to Jason Frank, a lawyer who used to work there. Michael Finnegan,, "Bankruptcy judge hits Michael Avenatti's firm with restraining order to freeze legal fees in 54 cases," 12 July 2018 Developers speak of Itch with reverence and delight, and almost everyone has a story about how Corcoran personally went above and beyond to help them achieve their vision for release. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 His attacks on the budget and me personally today are a sad reminder that partisanship destroys working relationships and poisons goodwill. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Former Gov. Gary Locke attacks Dino Rossi’s budget claims in 8th Congressional District campaign," 25 Oct. 2018 Scott has also personally lobbied President Donald Trump for hastier repairs and over the last month, pressed state and federal agencies to address the algae crisis. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "$500 million pledged to fix Lake O's aging dike. The algae crisis is another matter," 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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very full or close together

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