adverb Date: 14th century 1. in person <
attend to the matter personally
2. as a person ; in personality <
personally attractive but not very trustworthy
3. for oneself ; as far as oneself is concerned <
personally, I don't want to go
4. in a personal manner <
don't take this personally

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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