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[pur-suh-nl-ee] /ˈpɜr sə nl i/
through direct contact; in person; directly:
I will thank him personally.
as if intended for or directed at one's own person:
to take someone's comments personally.
as regards oneself:
Personally, I don't care to go.
as an individual:
to like someone personally, but not as an employer.
Origin of personally
1350-1400; Middle English; see personal, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for personally
  • Much of what goes on in the hiring process has nothing to do with you personally.
  • The president is widowed, politically as well as personally.
  • People need to see that climate change is already personally affecting millions of people and animals all over the world.
  • Your cell phone could be your link to personally tailored beauty products.
  • Whats worse is was that he was personally involved in hanging, drowning, and killing of the dogs.
  • It really depends on how much lab work you personally want to do.
  • One could be proud only of something one had personally achieved.
  • We will seek parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information.
  • Each selenium cell will have to wound personally by the inventor, who never intrusts this work to anybody else.
  • Walking across the quad, in both directions, has been professionally and personally rewarding.
British Dictionary definitions for personally


without the help or intervention of others: I'll attend to it personally
(sentence modifier) in one's own opinion or as regards oneself: personally, I hate onions
as if referring to oneself: to take the insults personally
as a person: we like him personally, but professionally he's incompetent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for personally

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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