What does very mean?

Definitions for veryˈvɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word very.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [OE. verai, verray, OF. verai, vrai, F. vrai, (assumed) LL. veracus, for L. verax true, veracious, fr. verus true; akin to OHG. & OS. wr, G. wahr, D. waar; perhaps originally, that is or exists, and akin to E. was. Cf. Aver, v. t., Veracious, Verdict, Verity.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Very

    ver′i, adj. true (now used chiefly in an intensive sense): real (so in B.): actual—sometimes used in superlative form Ver′iest.—adv. in a high degree.—In very deed, of a truth, certainly. [Older form veray—O. Fr. verai (Fr. vrai), from L. verax, veracis, speaking truly—verus, true; cf. Ger. wahr.]

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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 for very »

  1. ev'ry

  2. Evry


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of very in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of very in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marguerite Duras:

    You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.

  2. Sebastian Coe:

    They are very serious allegations, the very fact that the allegations are in the public domain means that they are serious. So, we have to be very clear that this is a very, very difficult time for our sport.

  3. Doctor Who:

    The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.

  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.

  5. Donald Trump:

    He's very, very weak on immigration and I'm very strong on immigration, ben Carson is very, very weak on immigration. He believes in amnesty strongly. He believes in citizenship. He's going to give citizenship to people who are here illegally -- you can't do that.

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