Synonyms & Antonyms of very

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1 to a great degree
  • that was a very brave thing to do

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2 in actual fact
  • the very same thing happened to me

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Synonyms & Antonyms of very (Entry 2 of 2)

1 being one and not another
  • we stayed in the very hotel my parents stayed in for their honeymoon

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2 being this and no more
  • the very thought of having to go through that again is scary

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Frequently Asked Questions About very

How is the word very different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of very are equal, equivalent, identical, same, and selfsame. While all these words mean "not different or not differing from one another," very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind.

the very point I was trying to make

When is equal a more appropriate choice than very?

The words equal and very can be used in similar contexts, but equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality.

equal shares in the business

When might equivalent be a better fit than very?

In some situations, the words equivalent and very are roughly equivalent. However, equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance.

two houses equivalent in market value

In what contexts can identical take the place of very?

The words identical and very are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details.

identical results

How are the words same and selfsame related as synonyms of very?

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

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The first known use of very was in the 13th century

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“Very.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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