from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a high degree; extremely: very happy; very much admired.
- adv. Truly; absolutely: the very best advice; attended the very same schools.
- adv. Used in titles: the Very Reverend Jane Smith.
- adj. Complete; absolute: at the very end of his career; the very opposite.
- adj. Being the same one; identical: the very question she asked yesterday.
- adj. Being particularly suitable or appropriate: the very item needed to increase sales.
- adj. Being precisely as stated: the very center of town.
- adj. Mere: The very thought is frightening.
- adj. Actual: caught in the very act of stealing.
- adj. Genuine; true: "Like very sanctity, she did approach” ( Shakespeare).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. True, real, actual
- adj. The same; identical.
- adj. With limiting effect: mere.
- adv. to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly
- adv. true, truly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. True; real; actual; veritable.
- adv. In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- True; real; actual; veritable: now used chiefly in an intensive sense, or to emphasize the identity of a thing mentioned with that which was in mind: as, to destroy his very life; that is the very thing that was lost: in the latter use, often with same: as, the very same fault.
- [Very is occasionally used in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative.
- Truly; actually.
- In a high degree; to a great extent; extremely; exceedingly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
- adv. precisely so
- adj. being the exact same one; not any other:
- adj. precisely as stated
Middle English verrai, from Old French verai, true, from Vulgar Latin *vērācus, from Latin vērāx, vērāc-, truthful, from vērus, true.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English verray, verrai ("true"), from Old French verai ("true") (Modern French: vrai), from assumed Vulgar Latin *vērācus, alteration of Latin vērāx ("truthful"), from Latin vērus ("true"), from Proto-Indo-European *wēr- (“true, benevolent”). Cognate with Old English wǣr ("true, correct"), Dutch waar ("true"), German wahr ("true"), Icelandic alvöru ("earnest"). Displaced native Middle English sore, sār ("very") (from Old English sār ("grievous, extreme") (Cf. German: sehr, Dutch: zeer), Middle English wel ("very") (from Old English wel ("well, very")). More at warlock. (Wiktionary)