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Meaning of “personally” in the English Dictionary

"personally" in British English

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personallyadverb

uk   /ˈpɜː.sən.əl.i/  us   /ˈpɜːr.sən.əl.i/
B1 used when you give ​youropinion: Personally (​speaking), I ​think the show is going to be a ​greatsuccess.B2 affecting you and not anyone ​else: He ​believes that ​parents should be made personally ​responsible for ​their children's ​behaviour.B2 done by you and not by someone ​else: These ​figures should be ​correct because I've ​checked them personally.take sth personally C1 to ​think that someone is ​offending you when they are not: These ​criticisms should not be taken personally (= they are not ​meant to ​criticize any one ​person in ​particular).

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"personally" in American English

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personallyadverb

 us   /ˈpɜr·sə·nəl·i/
Personally can refer to yourself or ​your own ​opinion: Personally, I ​thinktheirmarriage won’t last. I haven’t been there personally, but I’ve ​read a lot about it. If you do something personally, you do it yourself ​rather than ​asking someone ​else to do it: He ​plans to personally ​direct the fund-raising ​drive. He ​believes that ​parents should be made personally ​responsible for ​their children’s ​behavior. Personally also refers to an ​intentionallyoffensiveremark about someone’s ​character or ​appearance or which is ​understood as being ​critical: Please don’t take this personally, but I ​think you need to ​brushyourteeth.
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