—adv. 1. in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall. 2. (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before.
—adj. 1. precise; particular: That is the very item we want. 2. mere: The very thought of it is distressing. 3. sheer; utter: He wept from the very joy of knowing he was safe. 4. actual: He was caught in the very act of stealing. 5. being such in the true or fullest sense of the term; extreme: the very heart of the matter. 6. true; genuine; worthy of being called such: the very God; a very fool. 7. rightful or legitimate.