What does very mean?

Definitions for very
ˈvɛr ivery

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"

Wiktionary

  1. very(Adverb)

    to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly

    You're very tall.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. very(Adverb)

    true, truly

    He tried his very best.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. very(Adjective)

    True, real, actual

    Etymology: 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.

  4. very(Adjective)

    The same; identical.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. very(Adjective)

    With limiting effect: mere.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce very?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of very in a Sentence

  1. Russell Moore:

    My earliest memories are watching Franklin Graham preach on television as a very small child. I remember being struck as a child with the gravity with which he took the Gospel. That continued with me for the rest of my life, when I met Dr. Franklin Graham, that same sense of weightiness of the Gospel was evident in him personally – just as it was in public.

  2. The Spaniard:

    The data shows that the improvement on the engine is as expected, so this is very good news, i'm happy with the direction we are taking. More important than this step is the philosophy for next year's engine that this step or spec has introduced. This is a good direction to go.

  3. Donna Sullivan:

    The climate got very bad, i think it would be better if the boys club was disbanded and the lottery would go back to doing business of the lottery -- giving money to education.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I mean, very few people have that in their legacy.

  5. The CEO:

    Investigations are running at full speed, to avoid raising false expectations, we are talking about very complex processes which in part date back a long time.

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