- in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
- (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before.
- precise; particular: That is the very item we want.
- mere: The very thought of it is distressing.
- sheer; utter: He wept from the very joy of knowing he was safe.
- actual: He was caught in the very act of stealing.
- being such in the true or fullest sense of the term; extreme: the very heart of the matter.
- true; genuine; worthy of being called such: the very God; a very fool.
- rightful or legitimate.
Origin of very
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Examples from the Web for very
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
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Our animators are very excited to be drawing the innards of a human being.
Satirists are reliant ultimately on the very establishment they mock.
It was a very faithful homage to a Six Million Dollar Man episode.
“They are hypocritical on this very issue,” Shearer said about Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other public officials.
Those less than the very best frankly esteem it a privilege.
There are quiet and very decent places for those of us that must.
My very blood boiled in my veins, that such an one as he could give me pain.
The very spirit of harmony is embodied in the proportions of the Parthenon.
Besides, it is very possible that you are unjust to Hipparete.
- (intensifier) used to add emphasis to adjectives that are able to be gradedvery good; very tall
- (intensifier) used with nouns preceded by a definite article or possessive determiner, in order to give emphasis to the significance, appropriateness or relevance of a noun in a particular context, or to give exaggerated intensity to certain nounsthe very man I want to see; his very name struck terror; the very back of the room
- (intensifier) used in metaphors to emphasize the applicability of the image to the situation describedhe was a very lion in the fight
- real or true; genuinethe very living God
- lawfulthe very vengeance of the gods
Word Origin and History for very
mid-13c., verray "true, real, genuine," later "actual, sheer" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French verrai, Old French verai "true," from Vulgar Latin *veracus, from Latin verax (genitive veracis) "truthful," from verus "true," from PIE *weros- (cf. Old English wær "a compact," Old Dutch, Old High German war, Dutch waar, German wahr "true;" Welsh gwyr, Old Irish fir "true;" Old Church Slavonic vera "faith"). Meaning "greatly, extremely" is first recorded mid-15c. Used as a pure intensive since Middle English.