very

Definitions

  • "''Tis the very man!'"
    "''Tis the very man!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj very precisely as stated "the very center of town"
    • adj very being the exact same one; not any other: "this is the identical room we stayed in before","the themes of his stories are one and the same","saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers","on this very spot","the very thing he said yesterday","the very man I want to see"
    • adv very used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal "she was very gifted","he played very well","a really enjoyable evening","I'm real sorry about it","a rattling good yarn"
    • adv very precisely so "on the very next page","he expected the very opposite"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'It is good! very good!'" "'It is good! very good!'"
"He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary." "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
Good, very well. Apache Good, very well. Apache
IN A VERY BAD WAY IN A VERY BAD WAY
"Chicago is the very centre of the earth." "Chicago is the very centre of the earth."
Horseman Very Cunningly Vanquished--2-25-192 Horseman Very Cunningly Vanquished--2-25-192
And Thar's the Very Bottle And Thar's the Very Bottle
SPLASH! SPLASH! THEY FELL INTO THE VERY MIDDLE OF THE DITCH SPLASH! SPLASH! THEY FELL INTO THE VERY MIDDLE OF THE DITCH

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations
    • adv Very In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very bright sun; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he was very much hurt.
    • a Very True; real; actual; veritable.Very is sometimes used to make the word with which it is connected emphatic, and may then be paraphrased by same self-same itself, and the like. “The very hand, the very words.” Shak. “The very rats instinctively have quit it.” Shak. “Yea, there where very desolation dwells.” Milton. Very is used occasionally in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative. “Was not my lord the verier wag of the two?” Shak. “The veriest hermit in the nation.” Pope. “He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood.” Hawthorne. "Whether thou be my very son Esau or not.""He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.""The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.""I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The game Monopoly was once very popular in Cuba; however, Fidel Castro ordered that all games be destroyed
    • very 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 [Very is occasionally used in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative.
    • very Truly; actually.
    • very In a high degree; to a great extent; extremely; exceedingly. Very does not qualify a verb directly, and hence also, properly and usually, not a past participle: thus, very much frightened, because it frightened him very much; and so in other cases. This rule, however, is not seldom violated, especially in England: thus, very pleased, instead of very much pleased.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo
    • adj Very ver′i true (now used chiefly in an intensive sense): real (so in B.): actual—sometimes used in superlative form Ver′iest
    • adv Very in a high degree
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Quotations

  • Bruce Barton
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    “Advertising is the very essence of democracy.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
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    “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “What people need and what they want may be very different.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A bad conscience has a very good memory”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. verai, verray, OF. verai, vrai, F. vrai, (assumed) LL. veracus, for L. verax, true, veracious, fr. verus, true; akin to OHG. & OS. wār, G. wahr, D. waar,; perhaps originally, that is or exists, and akin to E. was,. Cf. Aver (v. t.) Veracious Verdict Verity

Usage

In literature:

There was in Dedham a very old house of somewhat superior style, which had been built, if not in 1630, at least within a very few years after.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
After dinner one felt very, very sorry for the poor Shah, and more so for one's self, for having put up at the hotel.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Mrs. Otway was a most good lady, a most kind employer, but she was sometimes foolish, very very foolish, in what she said!
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
My sister Caroline had light hair, very, very blue eyes and a lovely complexion.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
His madness seemed to come from elation at his success, and it was very curious to watch its progress, and very sad.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
Mr. Crump looked very apologetic and not very comfortable.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
This I did very willingly, for I was very hungry, and the viands looked very tempting.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
I ate a small piece, but thought it tasted very insipid, and not very digestible.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mrs Fyne had only smiled at me very expressively, very self-confidently.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
My father was very patriotic and very much in earnest for the independence of the country.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And she had been very, very happy.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Elinor, dearest, it is very plain to me that I am going to be very jealous of my own daughter.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
With Miss Todd, whom she met constantly in the street, and who always nodded to her very kindly, she had had one very remarkable interview.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
He comes very often, and he is always extremely kind and very entertaining.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Either he was very shy, or we were very unfortunate.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Mr Thorn and Murray soon came back, very well, but very much vexed at what had occurred.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was very beautiful, I understand, and very heartless.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Very, very sorrowful as she was, she went on calmly now and stopped no more.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Mathilde was very voluble, and very determined; but Zillah troubled herself very little about this.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Mrs. Ross received her very nicely; but Geraldine took very little notice of her.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

But you, should that be so,
May very well, I know,
May well
To me in hell
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
You are merry children;
"Yes, we are."
Where do you come from?
"Not very far.
"Ring-A-Ring" by Kate Greenaway
Who'll choose him for Knight?
"I," said his Mother,
"Before any other,
"My very own Knight."
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
Father, I'm listening so
To hear him if I may!
His voice must either be very low,
Or very far away!
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
It is not very long since first we met,
Thy path and mine lay very far apart;
We are not of one nation, dear one, yet
Thou hast awakened love within my heart.
"To Mary" by Nora Pembroke
This is your birthday! Fair, so fair,
And grown to gracious maiden-height,
And versed in heavenly lore and ways;
White-vested as the angels are,
In very light of very light,
Somehow, somewhere, you keep the day
"Eighteen" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

There are some furniture makers in Denmark who should be very, very nervous.
Very very proud of my son'.
Just how well can you run when you're very, very tired.
The German Corner is a very, very, very fine haus.
Stricken fan is `very, very grateful' &ndash.
Alan Bennett's The History Boys is a very English play, in a very fine production by Nicholas Hytner from the Royal National Theatre.
The inspector general at GSA has done a very-- very good investigation.
Tibet native came very far, very fast .
Issues that once seemed very far away are very much in your backyard.
Artist and dollmaker Nancy Wiley admits to having very focused goals, even from a very young age.
Best known for running very far, very fast, very often, Wardian tackles the Super Bowl of ultra running.
Mike Wardian is best known for running very far, very fast, very often.
"It's been a very, very long journey, and coming to a quick end," said Anya Point, CEO of event host Coyoteopoly.
S tarting an ax company in Tribeca might seem foolhardy—rent is very high, ax demand is very low.
Ashley seems very calm when you meet here, but she's a very active young lady .
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In science:

This picture is indeed very suggestive, but not very effective in representing space non–commutativity.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
If the transition is first order, it must be very weakly so, since fluctuation effects are very large.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
Naturality of eZ (X ) w.r.t. X is obvious, and (3.2) is very easily verified using v ′ ◦ w = 0.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Even though we have both bosonic and fermionic models, the distributions are very similar and also agree very well with the analytical expression derived for the vibron model as it is evident from Fig.5.
Ground State Properties of Many-Body Systems in the Two-Body Random Ensemble and Random Matrix Theory
Remarkably, this very simple theory very successfully describes the optical AGs, at al l times, of every GRB of known redshift.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
This collapse occurs only on the torus T 2 and such metrics become very long and very thin, (if the area is normalized to 1).
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Then the G-module V ⊗k W is very simple if and only if the G-module V is very simple.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
It follows easily that the Gal(K )-module J (Cf )2 is very simple if and only if the Gal(f )-module QRf is very simple.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
When the star becomes a WC star with an actual mass of ∼ 17.3 M⊙ , there is very little change in the velocity, since rotation is already very low and the radius no longer decreases significantly.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
Apart from that (and the very recent ), this approach has not been very useful in the study of RWRE’s.
Random walks in random environments
The errors become large at very small and very large radii, but the PA is remarkably constant over most of the range.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
For H0 -eigenstates, panel (a), the maximum of the distribution remains very close to one, while its average continues to decay (very slowly, though).
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
The random graph ensemble is for very small q dominated by graphs with very few components and for q → 0 only fully connected graphs (i.e. those with C = 1) survive.
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
Consequently, the distribution of both very large and very small (compared with the typical) heights are exponential.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Such a scheme becomes very efficient at low temperature and for disordered systems, in which very small correlations may develop.
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
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