Definition of very in English:

very

Syllabification: ver·y
Pronunciation: /ˈverē
 
/

adverb

1Used for emphasis.
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  • Yorkshire and especially Bradford must be very proud of this wonderful caring celebrity.
  • James, especially, took it very badly when he told them how useless they were.
  • It was a dark, deep chocolate truffle with a very distinct bite of fresh black pepper.
1.1In a high degree: very large very quickly very much so
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  • People seem to take the idea of Kevin Bacon, and his Six degrees, very seriously.
  • This is something that you learn quite quickly and is very easy to exploit if you want free technical support.
  • There has been a very high degree of co-operation between everyone involved in this case.
1.2 (with superlative or own) Used to emphasize that the following description applies without qualification: the very best quality his very own car
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  • I've seen a lot of movies, but this is truly one of the very best I could ever hope to see.

adjective

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1Actual; precise (used to emphasize the exact identity of a particular person or thing): those were his very words he might be phoning her at this very moment transformed before our very eyes
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  • He was quickly displaying the very mental toughness which has been lacking among his players.
Synonyms
exact, actual, precise
1.1Emphasizing an extreme point in time or space: from the very beginning of the book at the very back of the skull
1.2With no addition of or contribution from anything else; mere: the very thought of drink made him feel sick
Synonyms
mere, simple, pure; sheer
1.3 archaic Real; genuine: the very God of Heaven

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'real, genuine'): from Old French verai, based on Latin verus 'true'.

Phrases

not very

1In a low degree: “Bad news?” “Not very.”
2Far from being: I’m not very impressed
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  • We were not very impressed to find out that Delft is also famous for small white tiles decorated in blue paint.
  • I went out at about 11 and saw one or two streaks though it was not very impressive.
  • My friend was not very impressed and it was obvious that he did not want to know anything about Islam.

the very idea!

see idea.

the very same

see same.

very well

(or dated very good)
Used to express agreement or consent: oh very well then, come in

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