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very

adverb

Definition of very

1 :to a high degree :exceedingly
  • very hot
  • didn't hurt very much
2 :in actual fact :truly
  • the very best store in town
  • told the very same story

Examples of very in a Sentence

  1. we stayed in the very hotel my parents stayed in for their honeymoon

  2. the very thought of having to go through that again is scary

Recent Examples of very from the Web

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First Known Use of very

14th century


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very

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adjective \ ˈver-ē , ˈve-rē \

Definition of very

verier; veriest
1 a :exact, precise
  • the very heart of the city
b :exactly suitable or necessary
  • the very thing for the purpose
2 a :unqualified, sheer
  • the very shame of it
b :absolute, utter
  • the veriest fool alive
3 used as an intensive especially to emphasize identity
  • before my very eyes
4 :mere, bare
  • the very thought terrified him
5 :being the same one :selfsame
  • the very man I saw
6 :special, particular
  • the very essence of truth is plainness and brightness
  • —John Milton
7 a :properly entitled to the name or designation :true
  • the fierce hatred of a very woman
  • —J. M. Barrie
b :actual, real
  • the very blood and bone of our grammar
  • —H. L. Smith †1972
c :simple, plain
  • in very truth

Examples of very in a Sentence

  1. that was a very brave thing to do

  2. the very same thing happened to me

Recent Examples of very from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of very

Middle English verray, verry, from Anglo-French verai, from Vulgar Latin *veracus, alteration of Latin verac-, verax truthful, from verus true; akin to Old English wǣr true, Old High German wāra trust, care, Greek ēra (accusative) favor

Synonym Discussion of very

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things.
    • took the same route
    • derived from the selfsame source
very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind.
    • the very point I was trying to make
identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details.
    • identical results
equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance.
    • two houses equivalent in market value
equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality.
    • equal shares in the business

VERY Defined for English Language Learners

very

adjective

Definition of very for English Language Learners

  • —used to emphasize that you are talking about one specific thing or part and not another

  • : not having anything added or extra

  • —used to emphasize that something belongs to or is part of a particular person or thing


very

play
adverb

Definition of very for English Language Learners

  • : to a great degree

  • —used to emphasize the exactness of a description


VERY Defined for Kids

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very

play
adverb \ ˈver-ē \

Definition of very for Students

1 :to a great degree :extremely
  • It was very hot.
2 :in actual fact :truly
  • That's the very best chocolate you can buy.

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very

adjective

Definition of very for Students

1 :1exact, precise
  • David … likes to go to the very top of that hill …
  • —Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh
2 :exactly suitable or necessary
  • That's the very tool for this job.
3 :mere, bare
  • The very thought frightened them.
4 :exactly the same
  • That's the very story I told.

Word Root of very

The Latin word vērus, meaning “true,” gives us the root ver. Words from the Latin vērus have something to do with the truth. To verify is to prove that something is true. A verdict is the judgment of truth that a jury reaches in a court. Very is another way of saying “truly,” as in “very good.”



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