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English definition of “very”


adjective [not gradable] (EXACT)   /ˈver·i/
(used to add emphasis to a noun ) exact or particular : I’d heard stories about him and now here he was, the very person I now accompanied . This very moment was what he had been waiting for. He found the missing paper at the very bottom of the pile .
(Definition of very adjective (EXACT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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