Definition of personally in English:

personally

adverb

  • 1With the personal presence or action of the individual specified; in person.

    ‘she stayed to thank O'Brien personally’
    • ‘He is alleged to have said that all chemical weapons were destroyed, that he personally had ordered their destruction.’
    • ‘I would like to personally thank a group of individuals who have gone beyond the scope of their jobs to educate, entertain and, in some cases, inspire me.’
    • ‘The orders were personally served upon her that day.’
    • ‘I hope you take the opportunity to personally thank each of these dedicated, passionate individuals as they represent your voice with true professionalism.’
    • ‘It was a very proud moment for me and important for us both to thank him personally.’
    • ‘It's always extraordinary to be in your presence personally as we have been and even by satellite.’
    • ‘What is noteworthy is that an otherwise intelligent writer, for whom I have deep respect, would fall for such a sham of a plan just because a head of state presented it to him personally.’
    • ‘Accordingly, I needed to see an old photograph or advertisement that would allow me to personally authenticate the presence of some mythical sixties pop giant in my town.’
    • ‘We still do not know who Aimee's donor is, but I hope to one day to be able to thank them personally for saving Aimee's life.’
    • ‘Washington remembered personally ordering that flag from a Philadelphia-area tailor.’
    • ‘After a few minutes a small contingent marches out, escorts and a high ranking individual who must personally approve our presence.’
    • ‘They seemed satisfied with that and Reed personally signed the order authorizing my immediate liquidation.’
    • ‘He personally reviews the electronic orders doctors place and coaches those who don't get it quite right.’
    • ‘It was a massive effort and I would personally like to thank everyone who helped us.’
    • ‘I would fly to Europe in order to personally select the finest champagne for you to drink.’
    • ‘The organisation has sent a representative to the Council chamber in order to personally register the society's concerns.’
    • ‘And I want to personally thank you for your hard work.’
    • ‘Timur, however, issued detailed orders for everything and personally took charge of jobs he could easily have delegated.’
    • ‘But there was certainly nothing phony about the police officer who met up with her in order to personally escort her to the bank from which she received the cash originally.’
    • ‘Rand had personally ordered him and the other security monitors to keep a watch on the guests at all times, except when in their rooms.’
    in person, oneself
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    1. 1.1 As an individual rather than indirectly.
      ‘every pupil is known personally’
      ‘he never forgave his father, holding him personally responsible for this betrayal’
      • ‘It's a short step to the claim that they are not personally responsible for any thinking and acting that might do harm and/or breach a law.’
      • ‘How many people want to have to be personally responsible for their elderly parents' financial well-being?’
      • ‘If there is a crime, the moral responsibility rests with the leadership, but a member of the leadership cannot be held personally responsible.’
      • ‘After all, the corporation was created in part to protect individuals from being held personally responsible for the actions of a public entity.’
      • ‘It is now becoming more common to hold senior managers personally responsible for their corporations' wrongdoing.’
      • ‘We are all equal, and personally responsible, before the law.’
      • ‘It is imperative for citizens to feel personally responsible and support this movement to create a healthy, green city for our families.’
      • ‘This proposed offence would, for the first time, make companies and senior managers personally responsible for recklessly causing the death of workers.’
      • ‘Do we consider the individual who has an addiction problem personally responsible for the development of the problem?’
      • ‘The Food Safety Authority is to pursue food producers to ensure they are fully cognisant of the fact that they are personally responsible for the safety of the food they produce.’
      • ‘In Europe the poor are generally thought to be unfortunate, but not personally responsible for their own condition.’
      • ‘A man who holds individuals personally responsible for their acts may murder.’
      • ‘This requires individuals to be personally responsible for maintaining separate sets of addresses.’
      • ‘Besides, an individual cannot be personally responsible for who stays in school when young teachers flee to take better-paid jobs.’
      • ‘Were you personally responsible for bringing all those independent publishers together for the first time in the States?’
      • ‘They are independent from their superiors because they are personally responsible for any losses that occur.’
      • ‘Although it is flattering to be thought personally responsible for allowing a proven war criminal to remain in office, in the end I don't buy the fuss.’
      • ‘Under the Corporations Law, directors who incurred debts while a company is insolvent can be held personally responsible.’
      • ‘He is not personally responsible for these things.’
      • ‘If the minister is personally responsible for a failing or clearly has directed a course of conduct which brings about the failing then that's another matter.’
      individually, one by one, one at a time, singly
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  • 2From one's personal standpoint; subjectively rather than objectively.

    ‘he had spoken personally and emotionally’
    sentence adverb ‘personally, I think he made a very sensible move’
    • ‘To begin with I would like to say that it's very sad because personally I would never speak like this about a costar.’
    • ‘These students said they're personally motivated to do CAS, even though it isn't an enforced part of their program of study.’
    • ‘They spoke personally about nuns who dedicated their lives to teaching in poor neighborhoods for little pay.’
    • ‘He said, ‘I'm entirely behind you myself, speaking personally.’’
    • ‘‘That promise has not been kept and, speaking personally, my patience is at an end on this issue,’ he said.’
    • ‘I find it very frustrating because, speaking personally, I haven't got the faintest idea where my ideas come from, or how my imagination works.’
    • ‘But personally speaking I'd like to play as often as possible and I've just reminded him of the way I feel.’
    • ‘Not from the legal standpoint, just personally: Should you not have treated yourself the way you have?’
    • ‘I have no idea as to what preference a trout might adopt but, personally speaking, I would definitely prefer the bee venom to the vacuum cleaner.’
    • ‘Well, personally speaking, I would rather keep my modest earnings under a mattress or, better still, in a TAB account.’
    • ‘She's isn't my type personally speaking, I prefer brunettes.’
    • ‘There's always tea dances, I suppose, but they're not much good if you still work during the day, and speaking personally, I don't know any of the moves.’
    • ‘As such, the poem examines firsthand and historically, personally and objectively, the complex responsibility of the artist to self and environment.’
    • ‘But speaking personally, it has all come a little too late.’
    • ‘Though, speaking personally, I don't like the Halloween practice, for the most part it is harmless fun for children.’
    • ‘Here he speaks personally and genuinely about his reaction to the work he is considering and produces one of the more refreshing moments in his book.’
    • ‘I have spoken personally on the deterioration in the standard of the senior hurling competition and no one wishes improvement in that area more than I.’
    • ‘But personally speaking, just like any other policy, I think it will surely useful if both the legal and the credibility system are well carried out.’
    • ‘One subject he was able to speak about personally was the Sistine Chapel.’
    • ‘However, by speaking personally of his own thoughts and feelings, we see that he is also motivated by a desire to ‘make his mark’ in the world of science.’
    for my part, for my own part, for myself, according to my way of thinking, to my mind, in my estimation, as far as i am concerned, in my opinion, in my view, in my own opinion, in my own view, from my own point of view, from where i stand, from my standpoint, as i see it, if you ask me, for my money, in my book
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    1. 2.1 In a private rather than public or professional capacity.
      ‘nothing had gone well personally or politically’
      • ‘And while public service can be personally satisfying and fulfilling, there can be a practical side as well.’
      • ‘We've been partners in this journey - both professionally and personally - and yes it's been interesting and fun, but certainly not been a smooth ride all the way.’
      • ‘The judge is to decide what is legal, according to the written laws and the Constitution, not what the judge happens to like personally or politically.’
      • ‘None of us wanted to personally or professionally fail.’
      • ‘Who do you seek for guidance, professionally and personally?’
      • ‘So a family who has been dealing with the aftermath of death all their lives suddenly has to cope with it personally rather than professionally.’
      • ‘His greatest achievements professionally and personally include the preparation of four County Development Plans.’
      • ‘We did a lot to try and support him and all of us - personally and professionally - are disappointed it didn't work out.’
      • ‘He was a principal of the company, a public and critics' favorite, and admired personally and professionally by his fellow dancers.’
      • ‘Only those who rely on reimbursement from the state, rather than private practice, suffer personally.’
      • ‘The book is aptly titled as he has indeed experienced a life of extremes, both personally and professionally.’
      • ‘Few other places can match the level of support we give to each other and our public life, both personally and through our rich diversity of community organisations.’
      • ‘When you win, it's a great boost for morale, both personally and professionally, and it encourages you to innovate.’
      • ‘He has achieved so much in the three years since and has grown up in the public eye both personally and musically.’
      • ‘But in this event, it's a challenge to separate the public interest from what also would benefit him personally and politically.’
      • ‘He is personally and politically unfathomable.’
      • ‘The economic team may favor buyers politically and/or personally connected to them and those having enough ‘guts’ to provide them with an incentive.’
      • ‘I feel like all the things I do - whether professionally or personally - are subpar, and fall short of the glory of man and God.’
      • ‘I really enjoyed my time there, I met a lot of people who I both liked personally and had immense professional respect for.’
      • ‘Both personally and as professional journalist, he enthusiastically subscribed to the fair's vision of the future.’

Phrases

  • take something personally

    • Interpret a remark or action as directed against oneself and be upset or offended by it.

      ‘at first I took it personally when he yelled at me’
      • ‘The judge in question took the remark personally and filed a complaint.’
      • ‘Martin has a habit of taking things personally.’
      • ‘I took the whole thing personally for about a half an hour, and then I decided to set it aside.’
      • ‘He took it personally and came raging back straight away.’
      • ‘The fact that I mention this today doesn't mean that I'm taking it personally.’
      • ‘They often take things personally, and their feelings are hurt easily.’
      • ‘I was really upset about this and took it personally.’
      • ‘But of course I took it personally, like I always do.’
      • ‘One of my favorite online friends, Melissa, took it personally when she IM'd me today and I didn't respond.’
      • ‘It is a matter of responding, rather than reacting, and not taking things personally.’
      take something as an insult, regard something as a slight, take something amiss, take offence at, be offended by
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Pronunciation

personally

/ˈpəːs(ə)n(ə)li/