[ pur-suh-nl-ee ]
/ ˈpɜr sə nl i /


through direct contact; in person; directly: I will thank him personally.
as if intended for or directed at one's own person: to take someone's comments personally.
as regards oneself: Personally, I don't care to go.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for personally

/ (ˈpɜːsənəlɪ) /


without the help or intervention of othersI'll attend to it personally
(sentence modifier) in one's own opinion or as regards oneselfpersonally, I hate onions
as if referring to oneselfto take the insults personally
as a personwe like him personally, but professionally he's incompetent
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