Synonyms for VERY: extremely, incredibly, terribly, highly, too, damned, so, damn; Antonyms of VERY: somewhat, little, slightly, nominally, negligibly, just, hardly, marginally Merriam-Webster Logo Menu Toggle
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. 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/next day.
adverb. in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall. (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before. adjective, (Obsolete) ver·i·er, ver·i·est. precise; particular: That is the very item we want.
Britannica Dictionary definition of VERY. 1. : to a great degree : extremely — used for emphasis before adjectives and adverbs. a very hot day. very accurate results. a very small/large number/amount. Very few people attended. It was a very unusual/difficult situation. He talks very slowly.
You may use very before a past participle, unless it sounds bad, in which case you should not use it. You may use very as an intensifier before adjectives such as angry, unless you use it too much, in which case you should use it less. And in the matter of rhetorical proclivities you should use very whenever you feel like it.
In general, very means “the exact one," “the fact of” or “without exception,” as you can see in these examples: When I opened the front door, I saw the very cat my neighbor had reported as lost. Reading his poem touched my very soul. I couldn’t believe the very nerve of that student, turning in a paper that was obviously plagiarized.
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