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.
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
Examples of very in a Sentence
that was a very brave thing to do
the very same thing happened to me Adjective
we stayed in the very hotel my parents stayed in for their honeymoon
the very thought of having to go through that again is scary
Recent Examples on the Web
Those have been the things that have really brought the United States and Israel so very close together.—Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2023 According to Kemper, Matthew resembles both parents in very different ways.—Kara Nesvig, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Nardin While today’s horological landscape sees high-end independent brands crafting mind-numbingly creative timepieces by hand, 20 years ago things looked very different.—Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 24 Nov. 2023 Avène The French pharmacy standby is offering a very American deal this Black Friday.—Jenny Berg, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 With sitewide savings of 30%, Brooklyn Bedding’s Black Friday sale has some very nice discounts to peruse.—Sara Coughlin, SELF, 24 Nov. 2023 Rock has become a very obscure kind of label to call something.—Pino Gagliardi, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2023 It is limited to just 555 pieces and will set you back $17,400; Breguet, meanwhile, might be better known for its very traditional dress watches, but the company actually has a very close history to aviation.—Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2023 Jan Stepanek at the Mayo Clinic points out that scientists once thought blood clots were very unlikely to occur in the absence of Earth’s gravity.—Kim Tingley, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023
The album’s origins date back to 2017, when Rogers began a one-man show in New York City, making fun of the very concept of the celebrity Christmas album.—Stephen Daw, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2023 The stark choice employees now face between profits and purpose harkens back to OpenAI’s very roots.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 Addiction, by its very nature, blocks one’s ability to be honest with themselves and others, be consistent, deliver on promises, be emotionally generous and considerate of another person’s needs, be accountable when wrong, and show up every day willing to work at a relationship.—Shon Faye, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 At 54, Perry’s life was cut short, but Chandler will always be right there, scowling at the very idea of giving thanks when families are broken and dysfunctional.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2023 In 1943, a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall fell ill, and Bernstein, the 25-year-old assistant conductor, was asked to step in at the last minute, with no rehearsal, for a concert that very evening.—Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 As in any account of Napoleon’s life, there is an underlying comedy in the very attempt to squash an unruly mob of incidents into a tight dramatic space.—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 Thank you, Professor Nelson, for giving us your time in the very hour before your sabbatical begins.—Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 At the very end, when Sherman’s character decides to embrace the pop star’s presence, musical guests Boygenius even showed as additional Troy Sivans for one last delirious bit of choreo.—Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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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