From the Latin adjective fortis, fortem, from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (“to rise, high, hill”). Compare the same semantic development in French fort, Occitan fòrça. In older Romanian, the word was also used as a freestanding adverbial, in addition to simply as an intensifier.
- Ea este foarte frumoasă.
- She is very beautiful.
- Eu sunt foarte bine, mulțumesc.
- I am very well, thank you.
- Am uitat să fac ceva foarte important...
- I forgot to do something really important...