Etymology: Middle English verray, verry, from Anglo-French verai, from Vulgar Latin *veracus, alteration of Latin verac-, verax truthful, from verus true; akin to Old English wǣr true, Old High German wāra trust, care, Greek ēra (accusative) favor
Date: 13th century
a. properly entitled to the name or designation ; true <the fierce hatred of a very woman — J. M. Barrie> b. actual, real <the very blood and bone of our grammar — H. L. Smith †1972> c. simple, plain <in very truth> 2. a. exact, precise <the very heart of the city> b. exactly suitable or necessary <the very thing for the purpose> 3. a. absolute, utter <the veriest fool alive> b. unqualified, sheer <the very shame of it> 4. — used as an intensive especially to emphasize identity <before my very eyes> 5. mere, bare <the very thought terrified him> 6. being the same one ; selfsame <the very man I saw> 7. special, particular <the very essence of truth is plainness and brightness — John Milton> Synonyms: see same II. adverb Date: 14th century 1. in actual fact ; truly <the very best store in town> <told the very same story> 2. to a high degree ; exceedingly <very hot> <didn't hurt very much>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.