Definition of very adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈveri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈveri//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1used to emphasize that you are talking about a particular thing or person and not about another synonym actual Those were her very words. He might be phoning her at this very moment. That's the very thing I need.
  2. 2used to emphasize an extreme place or time It happens at the very beginning of the book.
  3. 3used to emphasize a noun synonym mere The very thought of drink made him feel sick. ‘I can't do that!’ she gasped, appalled at the very idea.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘real, genuine’): from Old French verai, based on Latin verus ‘true’.Extra examples That’s the very thing I need.Idioms
    before/in front of somebody’s (very) eyes
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    in somebody’s presence; in front of somebody He had seen his life's work destroyed before his very eyes.
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