almost

[ awl-mohst, awl-mohst ]
/ ˈɔl moʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst /

adverb

very nearly; all but: almost every house; almost the entire symphony; to pay almost nothing for a car; almost twice as many books.

Origin of almost

before 1000; Middle English; Old English (e)al māst, variant of æl mǣst nearly

Can be confused

almost most (see usage note at most)

Synonym study

Almost, most, nearly, well-nigh all mean within a small degree of or short space of. Almost implies very little short of: almost exhausted; almost home. Most is colloquial for almost. Nearly implies a slightly greater distance or degree than almost : nearly well; nearly to the city. Well-nigh, a more literary word, implies a barely appreciable distance or extent: well-nigh forgotten; well-nigh home.

Usage note

See most.
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British Dictionary definitions for almost

almost

/ (ˈɔːlməʊst) /

adverb

little short of being; very nearly
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