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personally

[pur-suh-nl-ee] /ˈpɜr sə nl i/
adverb
1.
through direct contact; in person; directly:
I will thank him personally.
2.
as if intended for or directed at one's own person:
to take someone's comments personally.
3.
as regards oneself:
Personally, I don't care to go.
4.
as an individual:
to like someone personally, but not as an employer.
Origin of personally
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see personal, -ly
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  • personally I was angry at the shabby trick played on the poor devil.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • "But we are not enemies, personally," the doctor explained, good-naturedly.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Peckham personally assured McGurk that everything was copper-fastened.

    By Advice of Counsel Arthur Train
  • You like to call the child your foundling, but personally you've done nothing for her.

  • His career is a typical example of the personally obscure and intellectually brilliant lives which the old monks lived.

British Dictionary definitions for personally

personally

/ˈpɜːsənəlɪ/
adverb
1.
without the help or intervention of others: I'll attend to it personally
2.
(sentence modifier) in one's own opinion or as regards oneself: personally, I hate onions
3.
as if referring to oneself: to take the insults personally
4.
as a person: we like him personally, but professionally he's incompetent
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Word Origin and History for personally
adv.

late 14c., from personal + -ly (2). Meaning "as far as I'm concerned" is from 1849.

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