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English Dictionary: Very by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): identical, selfsame(a), very(a)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Very \Ver"y\, a. [Compar. {Verier}; 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[be]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.
  
               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. [bd]The very
               hand, the very words.[b8] --Shak. [bd]The very rats
               instinctively have quit it.[b8] --Shak. [bd]Yea, there
               where very desolation dwells.[b8] --Milton. Very is
               used occasionally in the comparative degree, and more
               frequently in the superlative. [bd]Was not my lord the
               verier wag of the two?[b8] --Shak. [bd]The veriest
               hermit in the nation.[b8] --Pope. [bd]He had spoken the
               very truth, and transformed it into the veriest
               falsehood.[b8] --Hawthorne.
  
      {Very Reverend}. See the Note under {Reverend}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Very \Ver"y\, 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Very's \Ver"y's\, [or] Very \Ver"y\, night signals \night
   signals\ . [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system
      in 1877.] (Naut.)
      A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire
      are fired from a pistol, the arrangement in groups denoting
      numbers having a code significance.
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