- The definition of very is something complete or something identical.
An example of very is the absolute end of a story.
- Very is defined as extremely or really.
An example of very is someone saying they are extra happy.
very definition by Webster's New World
- in the fullest sense; complete; absolute: the very opposite of the truth
- same; identical: the very hat he lost
- being just what is needed or suitable: the very sofa to fit into the space
- actual [caught in the very act]: often used as an intensifier [the very rafters shook]
- verier, veriestArchaic
- real; true; genuine
- legitimate; lawful; rightful
Origin: Middle English verai, true ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form veraius ; from Classical Latin verus, true ; from Indo-European an unverified form weros, true ; from base an unverified form wer-, to be friendly, true from source German wahr, true, Old English wær, a compact
- in a high degree; to a great extent; extremely; exceedingly: used as a qualifier before an adjective or another adverb
- truly; really: used as an intensifier: the very same man
very definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In a high degree; extremely: very happy; very much admired.
- Truly; absolutely: the very best advice; attended the very same schools.
- Very Used in titles: the Very Reverend Jane Smith.
- Complete; absolute: at the very end of his career; the very opposite.
- Being the same one; identical: the very question she asked yesterday.
- Being particularly suitable or appropriate: the very item needed to increase sales.
- Being precisely as stated: the very center of town.
- Mere: The very thought is frightening.
- Actual: caught in the very act of stealing.
- Genuine; true: “Like very sanctity, she did approach” (Shakespeare).
Origin: Middle English verrai, from Old French verai, true, from Vulgar Latin *vērācus, from Latin vērāx, vērāc-, truthful, from vērus, true; see wērə-o- in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: In general, very is not used alone to modify a past participle. Thus we may say of a book, for example, that it has been very much praised, very much criticized, very much applauded, and so on, but not that it has been very praised, very criticized, or very applauded. However, when past participle forms are used as adjectives, modification by a bare very, or by analogous adverbs such as quite, is acceptable: there can be no objection to phrases such as a very creased handkerchief, a very celebrated singer, or a very polished performance. In some cases there is disagreement as to whether a particular participle can be properly used as an adjective: over the years objections have been raised to very immediately preceding delighted, interested, annoyed, pleased, disappointed, and irritated. All these words are now well established as adjectives, as indicated by the fact that they can be used attributively (a delighted audience, a pleased look, a disappointed young man) as well as by other syntactic criteria. But the status of other participles is still in flux. Some speakers accept phrases such as very appreciated, very astonished, or very heartened, while others prefer alternatives using very much. What is more, some participles allow treatment as adjectives in one sense but not another: one may speak of a very inflated reputation, for example, but not, ordinarily, of a very inflated balloon. As a result, there is no sure way to tell which participles may be modified by a bare very—syntactic tests such as the use of the participle as an attributive adjective will themselves yield different judgments for different speakers—and writers must trust their ears. When in doubt, the use of very much is generally the safer alternative.