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English definition of “very”

very

adverb     /ˈver.i/
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:VerySee more
(Definition of very adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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