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very
WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • precisely so
  • "on the very next page"
  • "he expected the very opposite"
very
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. 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.

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    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.

  • 1. 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.

 

Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.

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