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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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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On top of being isolating and awful to deal with, this shame can also interfere with a person’s life in a lot of ways, whether that’s personally, socially, academically, or professionally. Anna Borges, SELF, "Here’s When Hair-Pulling, Skin-Picking, or Nail-Biting Becomes a Disorder," 13 Aug. 2019 Members must be approved personally by Marriott's CEO for this super-elite status. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott Has a Secret, Invite-Only Elite Status Called Cobalt," 9 Aug. 2019 Only a month later, Grande personally leaked the news that a Thank U, Next fragrance was in the works. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next Fragrance Is Launching at Ulta," 7 Aug. 2019 The Van Akens began to know Orlando as a community and feel a part of it, personally and professionally. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Norman’s Orlando’s 16-year Ritz-Carlton run ends Aug. 31 – but there’s a 2.0 on the horizon," 4 Aug. 2019 Mexican Americans also held high positions in his administration, and those who knew Wilson personally could attest to his lack of personal prejudice. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Why the GOP Has Declined in California," 1 Aug. 2019 For me personally, my father was a very famous Coriolanus at the Old Vic. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Kate Burton On Her Dad Richard Burton's Greatest Advice," 30 July 2019 Judi Jessup, an assistant to Fuentes, said the office could not ban Whalen from bidding on behalf of Indy Jax because neither he personally nor Indy Jax owed any back taxes. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.," 26 June 2019 Corporations will only take Americans’ privacy seriously when CEOs are held personally accountable. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "A former Amazon employee hacked the credit card data of 100 million Americans," 30 July 2019

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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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not constant or steady

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