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personally Syllabification: per·son·al·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpərs(ə)nəlē/

Definition of personally in English:


1With the personal presence or action of the individual specified; in person: she stayed to thank O’Brien personally
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  • After a few minutes a small contingent marches out, escorts and a high ranking individual who must personally approve our presence.
  • It's always extraordinary to be in your presence personally as we have been and even by satellite.
  • Accordingly, I needed to see an old photograph or advertisement that would allow me to personally authenticate the presence of some mythical sixties pop giant in my town.
1.1Used to indicate that a specified person and no other is involved in something: they had made conclusions without getting to know me personally [as submodifier]: he never forgave his father, holding him personally responsible for this betrayal
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  • This requires individuals to be personally responsible for maintaining separate sets of addresses.
  • Besides, an individual cannot be personally responsible for who stays in school when young teachers flee to take better-paid jobs.
  • A man who holds individuals personally responsible for their acts may murder.
2From someone’s personal standpoint or according to their particular nature; in a subjective rather than an objective way: he had spoken personally and emotionally [sentence adverb]: personally, I think he made a very sensible move
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  • Not from the legal standpoint, just personally: Should you not have treated yourself the way you have?
  • One subject he was able to speak about personally was the Sistine Chapel.
  • As such, the poem examines firsthand and historically, personally and objectively, the complex responsibility of the artist to self and environment.
for my part, for myself, to my way of thinking, to my mind, in my estimation, as far as I am concerned, in my view/opinion, from my point of view, from where I stand, as I see it, if you ask me, my sense is, for my money, in my book;
2.1With regard to one’s personal and private rather than public or professional capacity: nothing had gone well personally or politically
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  • Only those who rely on reimbursement from the state, rather than private practice, suffer personally.
  • So a family who has been dealing with the aftermath of death all their lives suddenly has to cope with it personally rather than professionally.
  • Few other places can match the level of support we give to each other and our public life, both personally and through our rich diversity of community organisations.


take something personally

Interpret a remark or action as directed against oneself and be upset or offended by it, even if that was not the speaker’s intention: I took it personally when he yelled at the class
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  • The judge in question took the remark personally and filed a complaint.
  • I was really upset about this and took it personally.
  • I took the whole thing personally for about a half an hour, and then I decided to set it aside.
take offense, take something amiss, be offended, be upset, be affronted, take umbrage, take exception, feel insulted, feel hurt

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