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4 definitions found
 for very
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Very \Ver"y\ (v[e^]r"[y^]), a. [Compar. Verier
     (v[e^]r"[i^]*[~e]r); 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. w[=a]r,
     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.
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           Whether thou be my very son Esau or not. --Gen. xxvii.
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           He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he
           that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
                                                    --Prov. xvii.
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           The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.
                                                    --Milton.
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           I looked on the consideration of public service or
           public ornament to be real and very justice. --Burke.
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     Note: 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.
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     Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Very \Ver"y\ (v[e^]r"[y^]), 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.
     [1913 Webster] Very's night signals

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  very
      adv 1: 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" [syn: very, really, real, rattling]
      2: precisely so; "on the very next page"; "he expected the very
         opposite"
      adj 1: precisely as stated; "the very center of town"
      2: 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" [syn: identical,
         selfsame(a), very(a)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "very":
     a bit, a little, absolutely, actually, acutely, almighty, almost,
     altogether, awful, awfully, bare, barest, big, bleeding, bloody,
     bona fide, certainly, completely, correct, crazy, damned, danged,
     darned, de facto, decidedly, deeply, definitely, dreadful,
     dreadfully, eminently, entirely, especial, exact, exactly,
     exceedingly, exceptionally, express, extraordinarily, extremely,
     fairly, genuine, genuinely, greatly, highly, hugely,
     hundred-percent, ideal, identical, in a measure, in a way,
     in some measure, in truth, indubitable, jolly, just, kind of,
     larruping, least, main, mere, mightily, mighty, model, monstrous,
     mortally, most, much, nearly, notably, only too, parlous,
     particular, passing, perfect, perfectly, pesky, plumb, powerful,
     powerfully, practically, precise, precisely, pretty, profoundly,
     pure, quite, rather, rattling, real, really, remarkably, right,
     same, scarcely, selfsame, seriously, sheer, significantly, simple,
     slightly, snapping, so, somewhat, sort of, spanking, special,
     strikingly, super, sure-enough, surely, surpassingly, tellingly,
     terribly, terrifically, thoroughly, to a degree, to some extent,
     too, totally, true, truly, uncommonly, undoubted, unequivocally,
     unquestionable, unquestionably, unusually, utter, vastly,
     veritable, veritably, very much, vitally, whacking, whopping
  
  

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