- True, real, actual
- The same; identical .
- With limiting effect: mere.
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 .
Explanation of very by Wordnet Dictionary
- Very ( vĕr ), a. [Compar. Verier ( vĕrĭẽr ); superl. Veriest.] [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.] True; real; actual; veritable.
Whether thou be my very son Esau or not. Gen. xxvii. 21.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. Prov. xvii. 9.
The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness. Milton.
I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice. Burke.
☞ 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.
Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend.
- Very ( vĕr ), adv. 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”.
Definition of very by GCIDE Dictionary