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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Very \Ver"y\ (v[e^]r"[y^]), a. [Compar. Verier (v[e^]r"[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Veriest.] [OE. verai, verray, OF. verai, vrai, F. vrai, (assumed) LL. veracus, for L. verax true, veracious, fr. verus true; akin to OHG. & OS. w[=a]r, G. wahr, D. waar; perhaps originally, that is or exists, and akin to E. was. Cf. Aver, v. t., Veracious, Verdict, Verity.] True; real; actual; veritable. [1913 Webster] Whether thou be my very son Esau or not. --Gen. xxvii. 21. [1913 Webster] He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. --Prov. xvii. 9. [1913 Webster] The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness. --Milton. [1913 Webster] I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice. --Burke. [1913 Webster] Note: Very is sometimes used to make the word with which it is connected emphatic, and may then be paraphrased by same, self-same, itself, and the like. "The very hand, the very words." --Shak. "The very rats instinctively have quit it." --Shak. "Yea, there where very desolation dwells." --Milton. Very is used occasionally in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative. "Was not my lord the verier wag of the two?" --Shak. "The veriest hermit in the nation." --Pope. "He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood." --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend. [1913 Webster]