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very

adverb uk   /ˈver.i/ us  
A1 (used to add emphasis to an adjective or adverb) to a great degree or extremely: The situation is very serious. We're very, very sorry about what's happened. Think about it very carefully before deciding. How very childish of her to refuse to speak to me! "Are you tired?" "No, not very." Thank you very much. "Did you enjoy the play?" "Very much so." (= Yes.) I can't very well (= it would not be right for me to) say sorry when I didn't do anything wrong.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions used to add force to a superlative adjective or to the adjectives 'own' or 'same': This is the very best chocolate cake I've ever tasted. She always leaves her homework to the very last moment. We now have our very own post office in the village. This is the very same (= exactly the same) place we sat in the last time we came.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
Grammar

very

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈver.i/ us  

very adjective [before noun] (EXACT)

C2 (used to add emphasis to a noun) exact or particular: This is the very book I've been looking for all month. You're the very person we need for the job. The letter was sent on Monday from Manchester and arrived in London the very same/next day. The very idea/thought of having her friends to stay fills me with dread.Particular and individual

very adjective [before noun] (FURTHEST POINT)

used to describe or emphasize the furthest point of something: He found the piece of paper he had lost at the very bottom of the pile. We were at the very end of the queue and so didn't manage to get any tickets.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of very from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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