Definitions for veryˈvɛr i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ver•y*ˈvɛr i(adv.; adj.)ver•i•er, ver•i•est.
(adv.)in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly:
a very clever person.
(used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness):
the very best thing; in the very same place.
That is the very item we want.
The very thought of it is distressing.
the very joy of living.
caught in the very act of stealing.
being such in the true or fullest sense of the term:
the very heart of the matter.
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
precisely as stated
"the very center of town"
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"
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"
"on the very next page"; "he expected the very opposite"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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."
emphasizes a superlative
his very best performance; your very last warning
exact, used to emphasize a noun
He arrived the very day we left.; the very one I wanted
to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly
Youu2019re very tall.
He tried his very best.
True, real, actual
The same; identical.
With limiting effect: mere.
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.
true; real; actual; veritable
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
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.
- exatoPortuguese (BR)
- pravý, přesně tenCzech
- justo, exactoSpanish
- just see(sama)Estonian
- همان؛ درستFarsi
- juuri seFinnish
- pont(osan)ő, pont ez azHungarian
- samur, einmitt sá semIcelandic
- stesso; esattoItalian
- 꼭, 딱Korean
- kaip tik tasLithuanian
- īstais; tieši tasLatvian
- akkurat den/de (osv.)/da; i samme...Norwegian
- ten właśniePolish
- tocmai, exactRomanian
- тот самыйRussian
- pravý, presnýSlovak
- prav tistiSlovenian
- just, sammaSwedish
- tam, ta kendisiTurkish
- 正是(那一個)Chinese (Trad.)
- самий, той самийUkrainian
- بالکل وہيUrdu
- chính, thực sự, đúng là như vậyVietnamese
- 正是...的Chinese (Simp.)
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