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Look at the following sentences :

This is the very book I want. (I don't understand the word `very')

I saw the very man who I say yesterday. (I don't understand the word `very')

What very means here?

Could you explain me the same?
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ADJECTIVE:Inflected forms: ver·i·er, ver·i·est
2. Being the same one; identical: the very question she asked yesterday. (American Heritage Dictionary).
It's an adiective.

It means pet. As an illustration, he is the very man I want to says...
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I really don't think it means "pet" Emotion: sad

I also means the "exact" book (that's exactly the book I need)
Mister MicawberADJECTIVE:Inflected forms: ver·i·er, ver·i·est
2. Being the same one; identical: the very question she asked yesterday. (American Heritage Dictionary).

I've never come across these in this usage. Can you give me an example?
In the first sentence, it means that's the 'exact' book I want.
In the second setence, it seems to mean that's the 'same' man that I saw (say?) yesterday.
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Can you give me an example?
I'm not sure, Philip-- I just pasted the definition entire from the AHD. I'm sure I have read 'veriest' somewhere (Shaksper?) Did you try Ms Google? Aha!--

'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.'

Not the kind of utterance that enters our daily conversation, eh? There is the odd more modern instance:

What I am here communicating may seem to you the veriest nonsense.
The veriest schoolboy can pick out Harvard's song from that of Yale.
...sporadic efforts on the part of half- crazed, discouraged men, save by a sense of mutual rights and securities which will include the veriest outcast.

Thanks, M.M. I thinkI'm glad I asked.Emotion: surprise
PhilipThanks, M.M. I thinkI'm glad I asked.Emotion: surprise
I saw the very man who I saw yesterday. (the same man)

You told very means : (Being the same)

But I don't understand the following sentences of your example.

Please explain me the meaning of the following six sentences.

(1) Was not my lord the verier wag of the two? --Shak. (What `verier wag' means?)
(2) The veriest hermit in the nation. --Pope. (What `veriest'?)
(3) He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood. --Hawthorne (What `very truth' means?)

(4) What I am here communicating may seem to you the veriest nonsense.
(5) The veriest schoolboy can pick out Harvard's song from that of Yale.
(6) ...sporadic efforts on the part of half- crazed, discouraged men, save by a sense of mutual rights and securities which will include the veriest outcast.
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