Ver·y a. [Compar. Verier superl. Veriest.] 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.
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.
Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend.
Ver·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.
adj 1: precisely as stated; "the very center of town" [syn: very(a)]
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,
one and the same(p), selfsame(a), very(a)]
3: used to give emphasis to the relevance of the thing
modified; "his very name struck terror"; "caught in the
very act" [syn: very(a)]
4: used to give emphasis; "the very essence of artistic
expression is invention"- Irving R. Kaufman; "the very
back of the room" [syn: very(a)]
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: really, real, rattling]
2: precisely so; "on the very next page"; "he expected the very