The word very is an intensifier, suggesting a high degree of a quality. Something great is very good.

This word adds intensity to statements and means something close to really or extremely. If you are tired, you might have some coffee. If you are very tired, you might need a nap. An 80 degree day is hot, but a 90 degree day is very hot. This word also means exact, as in "On this very day, I was born" or "That's the very book you were talking about."

Definitions of very
  1. adjective
    being the exact same one; not any other:
    “on this very spot”
    “the very thing he said yesterday”
    “the very man I want to see”
    synonyms: identical, selfsame
    same in identity
  2. adjective
    precisely as stated
    “the very center of town”
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
  3. adverb
    used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    “she was very gifted”
    “he played very well”
    synonyms: rattling, real, really
  4. adverb
    precisely so
    “on the very next page”
    “he expected the very opposite”
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