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,
   True; real; actual; veritable.
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         Whether thou be my very son Esau or not. --Gen. xxvii.
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         He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he
         that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
                                                  --Prov. xvii.
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         The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.
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         I looked on the consideration of public service or
         public ornament to be real and very justice. --Burke.
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   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.
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   Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Very \Ver"y\ (v[e^]r"[y^]), adv.
   In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly;
   excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very
   bright sun; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he
   was very much hurt.
   [1913 Webster] Very's night signals
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