V v


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ver-ee]
    • /ˈvɛr i/
    • /ˈveri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ver-ee]
    • /ˈvɛr i/

Definitions of very word

  • adverb very in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall. 1
  • adverb very (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before. 1
  • adjective very precise; particular: That is the very item we want. 1
  • adjective very mere: The very thought of it is distressing. 1
  • adjective very sheer; utter: He wept from the very joy of knowing he was safe. 1
  • adjective very actual: He was caught in the very act of stealing. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of very

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French verai (French vrai) < Vulgar Latin *vērācus, for Latin vērāx truthful, equivalent to vēr(us) true (cognate with Old English wǣr, German wahr true, correct) + -āx adj. suffix

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Very


very popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

very usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for very

adj very

  • actually — You use actually to indicate that a situation exists or happened, or to emphasize that it is true.
  • aforementioned — If you refer to the aforementioned person or subject, you mean the person or subject that has already been mentioned.
  • as a matter of fact — You use as a matter of fact to introduce a statement that gives more details about what has just been said, or an explanation of it, or something that contrasts with it.
  • as good as — 'As good as' can be used to mean 'almost.'
  • bloody — Bloody is used by some people to emphasize what they are saying, especially when they are angry.

adv very

  • all but — All but a particular person or thing means everyone or everything except that person or thing.
  • assiduously — constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
  • authentically — not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
  • awfully — in an unpleasant, bad, or reprehensible manner
  • beyond question — a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.

adverb very

  • absolutely — Absolutely means totally and completely.
  • acutely — If you feel or notice something acutely, you feel or notice it very strongly.
  • all — You use all to indicate that you are referring to the whole of a particular group or thing or to everyone or everything of a particular kind.
  • confirmedly — In a manner that is confirmed; definitely, as has been demonstrated.
  • deadly — If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone's death, or has already caused someone's death.

adjective very

  • cloner — someone who is involved in cloning
  • cracking — You use cracking to describe something you think is very good or exciting.
  • model — a standard or example for imitation or comparison.
  • washer — the act or process of washing with water or other liquid: to give the car a wash.

Antonyms for very

adv very

  • by a hair — by a very slight margin, only just
  • by no means — on no account; in no way
  • faintly — lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
  • hardly — only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever.

adverb very

  • detectably — In a way that can be detected.
  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.

Top questions with very

  • what is very low density lipoprotein?
  • how to clean a very messy house?
  • how to say very little in spanish?
  • how do you say very good in spanish?
  • why can a person sometimes feel very loud music?
  • how to lose weight very fast?
  • how do you say very hot in spanish?
  • how to say very good in spanish?
  • when she was good she was very very good?
  • which of these events might change an ecosystem very quickly?
  • how do you say you are very beautiful in spanish?
  • how do you say thank you very much in german?
  • how to spell very?
  • you know very well who you are?
  • very nice how much?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?