['verɪ] or ['vɛri]
(adj.) precisely as stated; 'the very center of town' .
(adv.) 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.) precisely so; 'on the very next page'; 'he expected the very opposite'.
Typed by Greta--From WordNet
(v. t.) True; real; actual; veritable.
(adv.) In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very bright sum; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he was very much hurt.
Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . True, real, actual.. Same, self-same.
ad. Highly, exceedingly, excessively, extremely, remarkably, surpassingly, to a high degree.
adj. true (now used chiefly in an intensive sense): real (so in B.): actual—sometimes used in superlative form Ver′iest.—adv. in a high degree.—In very deed of a truth certainly.
- As a walking companion, Emma had very early foreseen how useful she might find her. Jane Austen. Emma.
- The talk was very often political or sociological, and interesting, curiously anarchistic. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- You have behaved very ill to me, said his lordship. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- When to-morrow comes, and he knows that I am in the house, do you think---- She stopped again, and looked at me very earnestly. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Why, the breeches-maker, said Bob Manners, speaking very slow. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- That depends,' said Mrs. Bardell, approaching the duster very near to Mr. Pickwick's elbow which was planted on the table. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I believe that he would have come all the way had it not been that Dr. Ferrier, who lives near me, was going down by that very train. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- It was very small, very dark, very ugly, very incommodious. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- They are very much better, John. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- One sees very little about it in the newspapers and popular magazines, in spite of the fact that it is the keystone, so to speak, of the motion-picture industry. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- I'm frank and open; considering all things, it was very kind of you to allude to the circumstance--very kind and polite. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- George Lamb and Elliston together, after they had listened to a page or two, with one voice exclaimed, Very stupid. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- I can't very well do it myself; because my back's so bad, and my legs are so queer. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- He could not deny this, and indeed was very reasonable throughout. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Bradley, very white, sat looking at him in silence. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Why, I was afraid of being shot, said Alvanly, very quietly. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- He was always well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- We did not go very far along the road, for Holmes stopped the instant that the curve hid us from the landlord's view. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- I had heard that very voice ere this, and compulsory observation had forced on me a theory as to what it boded. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- You will learn very easily. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- I told Catherine and Ferguson about him and Ferguson was very impressed. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- Very often, Miss. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- He has behaved very badly. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Won't you say yes--I will devote my life to making you very happy. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Traders and other undertakers may, no doubt with great propriety, carry on a very considerable part of their projects with borrowed money. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- Mr. Weller was in a very abstracted and contemplative mood. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I was very careful indeed as to that. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- I am an impoverished wretch--the very gaberdine I wear is borrowed from Reuben of Tadcaster. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- The sitting was altogether very satisfactory; she was quite enough pleased with the first day's sketch to wish to go on. Jane Austen. Emma.
- It ended in my moving into the house next Lady-day, and starting in practice on very much the same conditions as he had suggested. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.