- 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.
- 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 of veryMiddle 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
- 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.
- Being the same; identical: That is the very question she asked yesterday.
- Being particularly suitable or appropriate: the very item needed to increase sales.
- Used to emphasize the importance of what is specified: The very mountains shook.
- Being nothing more than what is specified; mere: The very act of riding in the car made him dizzy.
- Archaic Genuine; true: “Like very sanctity, she did approach” (Shakespeare).
Origin of veryMiddle English verrai, from Old French verai, true, from Vulgar Latin *vērācus, from Latin vērāx, vērāc-, truthful, from vērus, true; see wēr&schwa;-o- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: In general usage very is not used alone to modify a past participle. Thus, we may say of a book that it has been very much praised or very much criticized (where very modifies the adverb much), but not that it has been very praised or very criticized. However, many past participle forms do double duty as adjectives, in which case modification by very or by analogous adverbs such as quite is acceptable, as in a very celebrated singer or a performance that was quite polished. In some cases there is disagreement as to whether a particular participle can be used properly as an adjective. In the past, critics have objected to the use of very by itself with delighted, interested, annoyed, pleased, disappointed, and irritated. All of these words are now well established as adjectives, however, as indicated by the fact that they are used attributively, that is, in juxtaposition to a noun they modify, as in a delighted audience, a pleased look, a disappointed young man. But the situation is not always clear. Some speakers accept phrases such as very appreciated, very astonished, or very heartened, while others prefer alternatives using very much. Some participles can be treated as adjectives in one sense but not another, as in a very inflated reputation but not a very inflated tire. As a result, there is no sure way to tell which participles can be modified by a bare very. When in doubt, using very much is generally correct.
(not generally comparable, comparative verier, superlative veriest)
- When used in their senses as degree adverbs, "very" and "too" never modify verbs.
From Middle English verray, verrai (“true”), from Old French verai (“true”) (Modern French: vrai), from assumed Vulgar Latin *vērācus, alteration of Latin vērāx (“truthful”), from Latin vērus (“true”), from Proto-Indo-European *wēr- (“true, benevolent”). Cognate with Old English wǣr (“true, correct”), Dutch waar (“true”), German wahr (“true”), Icelandic alvöru (“earnest”). Displaced native Middle English sore, sār (“very”) (from Old English sār (“grievous, extreme”) (Cf. German: sehr, Dutch: zeer), Middle English wel (“very”) (from Old English wel (“well, very”)), and Middle English swith (“quickly; very”) (from Old English swīþe (“very”). More at warlock.