personally

adverb

per·​son·​al·​ly ˈpərs-nə-lē How to pronounce personally (audio)
ˈpər-sə-nə-
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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Thirteen centuries later, the retelling still brings tears to the eyes of Iranians, who identify personally and culturally. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 But this rise in income inequality has been accompanied by recognitions—rhetorically, personally, and politically—of the problems of inequity. Alissa Quart, The New Republic, 29 Nov. 2022 An entrepreneur who owns two businesses in Parkland, Hawkins will represent several historic west Louisville neighborhoods and areas that mean a lot to her both personally and professionally. Jennifer Chappell, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2022 Over the years, Knowles has been known to reinvent herself personally and professionally – and that metamorphosis continues with home decor and furniture designing. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 Employees are pursuing the flexibility to have a choice of where, when and how work gets done, and of course, opportunities to prioritize what is important in life – both personally and professionally. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 If thongs were the underwear of choice a decade ago—both personally and in fashionable pop culture at large—there's been a sea change of women reaching for briefs. Leah Melby Clinton, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Nov. 2022 In the 45-minute program, Stormzy opens up about making his third studio album, his rise to fame, success and his growth, both personally and professionally. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 Nov. 2022 But even a berth in either conference wouldn’t match the riches offered by the SEC, both personally and professionally. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of personally was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Personally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personally. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

personally

adverb

per·​son·​al·​ly ˈpərs-nə-lē How to pronounce personally (audio)
-ᵊn-ə-
1
: in person
attend to the matter personally
2
: as a person : in personality
personally attractive
3
: for oneself : as far as oneself is concerned
personally, I am against it

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