1. [ adverb ] intensifiers
Synonyms: real rattling really

"she was very gifted" "he played very well" "a really enjoyable evening" (`real' is sometimes used informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about it" `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good yarn")

2. [ adjective ] precisely as stated

"the very center of town"

Related terms: precise
3. [ adjective ] being the exact same one; not any other:
Synonyms: identical one_and_the_same selfsame

"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"

Related terms: same
4. [ adverb ] precisely so

"on the very next page" "he expected the very opposite"

5. [ adjective ] used to give emphasis to the relevance of the thing modified

"his very name struck terror" "caught in the very act"

Related terms: actual
6. [ adjective ] used to give emphasis

"the very essence of artistic expression is invention"- Irving R. Kaufman "the very back of the room"

Related terms: absolute
Similar spelling:   veery