- With adverbs of manner. [from 17thc.]
- With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs. [from 18thc.]
- Before a noun preceded by the definite article. [from 18thc.]
- With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs. [from 15thc.]
- Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions. [from 16thc.]
- Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.) [from 17thc.]
- Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable. [from 18thc.]
- To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather. [from 19thc.]
- With verbs, especially past participles. [from 14thc.]
- With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc. [from 16thc.]
- (heading) In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
- Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative. [from 18thc.]
- (now rare) With prepositional or adverbial phrases. [from 18thc.]
- (heading) To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
- With predicative adjectives. [from 15thc.]
- (chiefly Britain) Indicates agreement; "exactly so".
- (bullfighting) A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.