Meaning of “personally” in the English Dictionary

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"personally" in British English

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uk /ˈpɜː.sən.əl.i/ us /ˈpɝː.sən.əl.i/

B1 used when you give your opinion:

Personally (speaking), I think the show is going to be a great success.

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).

More examples

  • He held me personally responsible whenever anything went wrong in the project.
  • She's a very talented young singer, Mike and I personally think she's got a great future ahead of her!
  • The Minister intervened personally to stop the museum being closed.
  • I am not personally acquainted with the gentleman in question.
  • The director will introduce the film personally at its world première.

(Definition of “personally” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"personally" in American English

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us /ˈpɜr·sə·nəl·i/

Personally can refer to yourself or your own opinion:

Personally, I think their marriage 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 intentionally offensive remark 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 brush your teeth.

(Definition of “personally” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)