Very happy; very much admired.
At the very end of his career.
That is the very question she asked yesterday.
The very hat he lost.
The very sofa to fit into the space.
The Very Reverend Jane Smith.
The very act of riding in the car made him dizzy.
The very item needed to increase sales.
The very same man.
The very best advice; attended the very same schools.
An example of very is the absolute end of a story.
The very mountains shook.
The very opposite of the truth.
An example of very is someone saying they are extra happy.
Origin of very
- Middle English verrai from Old French verai true from Vulgar Latin vērācus from Latin vērāx vērāc- truthful from vērus true wērə-o- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English verray, verrai (“true"), from Old French verai (“true") (Modern French: vrai), from assumed Vulgar Latin *vÄ“rācus, alteration of Latin vÄ“rāx (“truthful"), from Latin vÄ“rus (“true"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄ“r- (“true, benevolent"). Cognate with Old English wÇ£r (“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.