[ pur-suh-nl-ee ]
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  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.

  1. as regards oneself: Personally, I don't care to go.

  2. 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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How to use personally in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for personally


/ (ˈpɜːsənəlɪ) /

  1. without the help or intervention of others: I'll attend to it personally

  2. (sentence modifier) in one's own opinion or as regards oneself: personally, I hate onions

  1. as if referring to oneself: to take the insults personally

  2. as a person: we like him personally, but professionally he's incompetent

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