- all but; almost: nearly dead with cold.
- with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness.
- with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our own.
- with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately: nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
Origin of nearly
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1. See almost.
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The incident sparked his belief in Santa, but he would have to wait nearly two decades before dressing up as Jolly St. Nick.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
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They had also taken the two available guns, and nearly all the ammunition.Explorations in Australia
In his pocket there were nearly two hundred dollars, not likely to be of any service to him.
I've wasted nearly three hours here now, dilly-dallying along.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was to be at his free disposal, and this was nearly the same thing as owning it.
In the hands of nearly every third person was a printed paper.
- not quite; almost; practically
- not nearly nowhere near; not at allnot nearly enough money
- closelythe person most nearly concerned
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Word Origin and History for nearly
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