in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
(used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before.
precise; particular: That is the very item we want.
mere: The very thought of it is distressing.
sheer; utter: He wept from the very joy of knowing he was safe.
actual: He was caught in the very act of stealing.
being such in the true or fullest sense of the term; extreme: the very heart of the matter.