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very (adj.) 1[intensifying] thorough-going, absolute
very (adj.) 2true, real, genuine
very (adj.) 3mere, alone
very (adj.) 4proper, correct, appropriate
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Cym IV.ii.107 [Belarius to Arviragus, of Cloten] I am absolute / 'Twas very Cloten
Ham II.ii.49 [Polonius to Claudius] I have found / The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy
1H4 V.iv.30 [King Henry to Douglas, of himself] So many of his shadows thou hast met, / And not the very King
MA IV.i.184 [Benedick to Friar, of the Princes] Two of them have the very bent of honour
MW III.iv.17 [Fenton to Anne] 'tis the very riches of thyself / That now I aim at
Oth II.i.227 [Iago to Roderigo, of the features in a man that would attract Desdemona] Very nature will instruct her in it
Sonn 74.6 [of the line of verse] thou dost review / The very part was consecrate to thee
Tem II.ii.103 [Stephano to Trinculo] Thou art very Trinculo indeed!
TG III.ii.41 [Proteus to Duke, of slandering Valentine] 'Tis an ill office for a gentleman ... against his very friend