Definitions for VERYˈvɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•y*ˈvɛr i(adv.; adj.)ver•i•er, ver•i•est.

  1. (adv.)in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly:

    a very clever person.

  2. (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness):

    the very best thing; in the very same place.

  3. (adj.)precise; particular:

    That is the very item we want.

  4. mere:

    The very thought of it is distressing.

  5. sheer; utter:

    the very joy of living.

  6. actual:

    caught in the very act of stealing.

  7. being such in the true or fullest sense of the term:

    the very heart of the matter.

  8. Archaic. true; genuine. rightful or legitimate.

* Usage: Past participles that have become established as adjectives can, like most English adjectives, be modified by the adverb very : We were very concerned for your safety.very does not modify past participles that are clearly verbal; for example, The lid was very sealed is not an idiomatic construction, while The lid was very tightly sealed is. Confusion or controversy sometimes arises over whether a past participle is truly adjectival and thus able to be modified by very without an intervening adverb (as tightly in the last example above). However, there is rarely any objection to the use of this intervening adverb, no matter how the past participle is functioning. Such use often occurs in edited writing: We were very much relieved to find the children asleep. They were very greatly excited by the news.

Origin of very:

1200–50; ME < OF verai蠐 L vērāx truthful; see veracious

Princeton's WordNet

  1. very(a)(adj)

    precisely as stated

    "the very center of town"

  2. identical, selfsame(a), very(a)(adverb)

    being the exact same one; not any other:

    "this is the identical room we stayed in before"; "the themes of his stories are one and the same"; "saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers"; "on this very spot"; "the very thing he said yesterday"; "the very man I want to see"

  3. very, really, real, rattling(adverb)

    used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

    "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"

  4. very(adverb)

    precisely so

    "on the very next page"; "he expected the very opposite"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. very(adverb)ˈvɛr i

    emphasizes an adjective or adverb; = extremely

    a very large apartment; a very severe illness; She spoke very quickly.; "Did you eat anything?" "Yes, but not very much."

  2. veryˈvɛr i

    emphasizes a superlative

    his very best performance; your very last warning

  3. very(adjective)ˈvɛr i

    exact, used to emphasize a noun

    He arrived the very day we left.; the very one I wanted


  1. very(Adverb)

    to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly

    Youu2019re very tall.

  2. very(Adverb)

    true, truly

    He tried his very best.

  3. very(Adjective)

    True, real, actual

  4. very(Adjective)

    The same; identical.

  5. very(Adjective)

    With limiting effect: mere.

  6. Origin: From verray, verrai, from verai (Modern : vrai), from assumed *, alteration of verax, from verus, from wēr-. Cognate with wær, waar, wahr, alvöru. Displaced native sore, sar (from sar (Cf. : sehr, : zeer), wel (from wel). More at warlock.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Very(verb)

    true; real; actual; veritable

  2. Very(adverb)

    in a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very bright sum; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he was very much hurt


  1. Very

    Very is the fifth studio album by English electronic duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released in 1993, going on to sell more than five million copies worldwide.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'VERY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #91

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'VERY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #74

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'VERY' in Adverbs Frequency: #10

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'VERY' in Adjectives Frequency: #193

Anagrams of VERY

  1. ev'ry

  2. Evry

Translations for VERY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


exactly or precisely the thing, person etc mentioned

You're the very man I want to see; At that very minute the door opened.

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