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- Used other than as an idiom: see very, well.
He managed the company very well.
He understood very well that there might be difficulties.
- (idiomatic) Used to weaken the effect of certain modal verbs.
It may very well rain this afternoon.
I can't very well talk to you and concentrate on sanding this at the same time.
- (used to weaken the effect of modal verbs): The improbability introduced by may is weaker in It may very well rain than in It may rain. Likewise, the impossibility meant by can't is weaker in I can't very well talk than in I can't talk.
- (idiomatic, formal) Indicating acceptance, often with resignation or acquiescence, of a statement or situation.
- A: I don't want to go today.
- B: Very well. Let's go tomorrow, then.