- personallyThe uses of personally illustrated by The decision was made by the president personally (= by the president and no one else) and He took the criticism personally (= in a personal manner) are unexceptionable. Doubts arise when personally is used to mean ‘for myself, for my part’, as in Personally, I don't approve of such behaviour. This use is best restricted to informal contexts. In many cases it can be simply omitted, or replaced by for my part.
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Personally — Per son*al*ly, adv. 1. In a personal manner; by bodily presence; in person; not by representative or substitute; as, to deliver a letter personally. [1913 Webster] He, being cited, personally came not. Grafton. [1913 Webster] 2. With respect to… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
personally — [pʉr′sə nə lē] adv. 1. without the help of others; in person [to attend to a matter personally] 2. as a person [I dislike him personally, but I admire his art] 3. in one s own opinion; speaking for oneself 4. as though directed at oneself [to… … English World dictionary
personally — ► ADVERB 1) in person. 2) from one s own viewpoint; subjectively. ● take personally Cf. ↑take personally … English terms dictionary
personally — index in person Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
personally — late 14c., from PERSONAL (Cf. personal) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning вЂњas far as I m concernedвЂќ is from 1849 … Etymology dictionary
personally — [adv] independently alone, by oneself, directly, for oneself, for one’s part, individualistically, individually, in one’s own view, in person, in the flesh, narrowly, on one’s own, privately, solely, specially, subjectively; concept 544 Ant.… … New thesaurus
personally — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)sənəli[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV: ADV with cl (emphasis) You use personally to emphasize that you are giving your own opinion. Personally I think it s a waste of time... You can disagree about them, and I personally do, but they are great ideas… … English dictionary
personally — per|son|al|ly S2 [ˈpə:sənəli US ˈpə:r ] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] spoken used to emphasize that you are only giving your own opinion about something ▪ Personally, I don t think much of the idea. ▪ I personally think it s too cold to go out. 2.)… … Dictionary of contemporary English
personally — per|son|al|ly [ pɜrsənəli ] adverb ** ▸ 1 for giving own opinion ▸ 2 not through someone else ▸ 3 for you only ▸ 4 if you do not dislike someone ▸ 5 if you have relationship ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) MAINLY SPOKEN used for emphasizing that you are giving… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
personally */*/ — UK [ˈpɜː(r)s(ə)nəlɪ] / US [ˈpɜrsənəlɪ] adverb 1) mainly spoken used for emphasizing that you are giving your own opinion Personally, I think we should stick with our original plan. I personally prefer pizza to burgers. 2) without help, or in a… … English dictionary