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Meaning of “very” in the English Dictionary

"very" in British English

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veryadverb

uk   us   /ˈver.i/
A1 (used to ​addemphasis to an ​adjective or ​adverb) to a ​greatdegree 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. used to ​addforce to a superlativeadjective or to the ​adjectives "own" or "same": This is the very bestchocolatecake I've ​evertasted. She always ​leaves her ​homework to the very lastmoment. We now have ​our very ownlibrary in the ​village. This is the very same (= ​exactly the same)place we ​sat the last ​time we came.

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veryadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈver.i/
C2 (used to ​addemphasis 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. What ​ended up ​happening was the very thing we ​feared the most. The ​letter was ​sent on ​Monday from Berlin and ​arrived in Hamburg the very same/nextday. The very idea/​thought of having her ​friends to ​stayfills me with ​dread.

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used to ​describe or ​emphasize the ​furthestpoint 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, so we didn't ​manage to get any ​tickets.
(Definition of very from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"very" in American English

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veryadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈver·i/
(used to ​addemphasis to an ​adjective or ​adverb) to a ​greatdegree, or ​extremely: I was ​working very hard, but I ​enjoyed it. It’s very ​easy to ​findourhouse. She was a very good ​teacher. People didn’t like him very much.
Idioms

veryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈver·i/
(used to ​addemphasis to a ​noun) ​exact or ​particular: I’d ​heardstories 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 ​missingpaper at the very ​bottom of the ​pile.
(Definition of very from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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