What is very?

  • (adj): Used to give emphasis to the relevance of the thing modified.
    Example: "His very name struck terror"; "caught in the very act"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "very":

  • (adv): Precisely so.
    Example: "On the very next page"; "he expected the very opposite"
  • (adj): Used to give emphasis.
    Example: "The very essence of artistic expression is invention"- Irving R. Kaufman; "the very back of the room"
  • (adj): Precisely as stated.
    Example: "The very center of town"
  • (adj): Being the exact same one; not any other:.
    Example: "On this very spot"; "the very thing he said yesterday"; "the very man I want to see"
    Synonyms: identical, one and the same, selfsame
  • (adv): Used as intensifiers; 'real' is sometimes used informally for 'really'; 'rattling' is informal.
    Example: "She was very gifted"; "he played very well"
    Synonyms: really, real, rattling

Famous quotes containing the word very:

    You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they’re simply unbearable.
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914)

    Touchstone. Art rich?
    William. Faith, sir, so, so.
    Touchstone. “So, so” is good, very good, very excellent
    good; and yet it is not, it is but so, so.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)