- In a high degree; extremely: very happy; very much admired. (adverb)
- Truly; absolutely: the very best advice; attended the very same schools. (adverb)
- Used in titles: the Very Reverend Jane Smith. (adverb)
- Complete; absolute: at the very end of his career; the very opposite. (adjective)
- Being the same one; identical: the very question she asked yesterday. (adjective)
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