AskDefine | Define very

Dictionary Definition

very adj
1 precisely as stated; "the very center of town" [syn: very(a)]
2 being the exact same one; not any other:; "this is the identical room we stayed in before"; "the themes of his stories are one and the same"; "saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers"; "on this very spot"; "the very thing he said yesterday"; "the very man I want to see" [syn: identical, one and the same(p), selfsame(a), very(a)]
3 used to give emphasis to the relevance of the thing modified; "his very name struck terror"; "caught in the very act" [syn: very(a)]
4 used to give emphasis; "the very essence of artistic expression is invention"- Irving R. Kaufman; "the very back of the room" [syn: very(a)] adv
1 used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn" [syn: really, real, rattling]
2 precisely so; "on the very next page"; "he expected the very opposite"

User Contributed Dictionary



verray "true", from verai (Modern French: vrai), from *veracus, derived from Latin verax "true".


  • a UK /ˈvɛɹɪ/, /"vEr\ɪ/
  • a US /ˈvɛɹi/, /"vEr\i/
  • Hyphenation: ver·y
  • Rhymes: -ɛri


  1. Exactly the same; identical.
    He proposed marriage in the same restaurant, at the very table where they first met.


exactly the same; identical
  • Czech: týž, tentýž
  • Dutch: zelfde, dezelfde, hetzelfde
  • French: même
  • German: derselbe
  • Hungarian: ugyanaz a/az, egyazon
  • Japanese: 正にその(ja) masani sono, 正にこの(ja) masani kono
  • Norwegian: samme
  • Polish: identyczny
  • Russian: самый


  1. to a great extent or degree
    You’re very tall.
  2. true, truly
    He tried his very best.
    It was a very unique experience. (nonstandard)


to a high degree
true, truly

Extensive Definition

Very may refer to:
very in Spanish: Very

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