- US Pronunciation
- US IPA
- UK Pronunciation
- UK IPA
- /ˈvɛr i/
- US Pronunciation
- US IPA
- /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
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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
Parts of speech for Very
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
Synonyms for 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Antonyms for 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.
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