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nearly

[neer-lee]
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adverb
  1. all but; almost: nearly dead with cold.
  2. with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness.
  3. with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our own.
  4. with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately: nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
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Origin of nearly

First recorded in 1530–40; near + -ly

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1. See almost.
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Related Words for nearly

roughly, virtually, approximately, practically, most, about, closely, well-nigh, approaching, circa, much, round, roundly, some, somewhere

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Contemporary Examples of nearly

Historical Examples of nearly

  • I've wasted nearly three hours here now, dilly-dallying along.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They had also taken the two available guns, and nearly all the ammunition.

  • In his pocket there were nearly two hundred dollars, not likely to be of any service to him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It was to be at his free disposal, and this was nearly the same thing as owning it.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • In the hands of nearly every third person was a printed paper.


British Dictionary definitions for nearly

nearly

adverb
  1. not quite; almost; practically
  2. not nearly nowhere near; not at allnot nearly enough money
  3. closelythe person most nearly concerned
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Word Origin and History for nearly

adv.

1530s, "carefully;" sense of "almost, all but" is from 1680s; see near + -ly (2).

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