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barely

[ bair-lee ]
/ ˈbɛər li /
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adverb

only just; scarcely; no more than; almost not: He had barely enough money to pay for the car.
without disguise or concealment; openly: They gave the facts to him barely.
scantily; meagerly; sparsely.
Archaic. merely.

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Origin of barely

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English bærlīce; see bare1, -ly

usage note for barely

1. See hardly.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH barely

barely , hardly, scarcely (see synonym study at hardly)
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British Dictionary definitions for barely

barely
/ (ˈbɛəlɪ) /

adverb

only just; scarcelybarely enough for their needs
informal not quite; nearlybarely old enough
scantily; poorlybarely furnished
archaic openly

undefined barely

See hardly
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