personally

[pur-suh-nl-ee]
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adverb
  1. through direct contact; in person; directly: I will thank him personally.
  2. as if intended for or directed at one's own person: to take someone's comments personally.
  3. as regards oneself: Personally, I don't care to go.
  4. as an individual: to like someone personally, but not as an employer.

Origin of personally

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at personal, -ly
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personally

adverb
  1. without the help or intervention of othersI'll attend to it personally
  2. (sentence modifier) in one's own opinion or as regards oneselfpersonally, I hate onions
  3. as if referring to oneselfto take the insults personally
  4. as a personwe like him personally, but professionally he's incompetent
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Word Origin and History for personally
adv.

late 14c., from personal + -ly (2). Meaning "as far as I'm concerned" is from 1849.

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