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


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

Nearby words

  1. almonry,
  2. almoravid,
  3. almoravide,
  4. almoravides,
  5. almoravids,
  6. almost everywhere,
  7. almost periodic function,
  8. almous,
  9. alms,
  10. almsgiver

Origin of almost

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

Can be confusedalmost 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for almost


/ (ˈɔːlməʊst) /


little short of being; very nearly
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