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[ neer-lee ]


  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.


/ ˈnɪəlɪ /


  1. not quite; almost; practically
  2. not nearly
    nowhere near; not at all

    not nearly enough money

  3. closely

    the person most nearly concerned

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nearly1

First recorded in 1530–40; near + -ly
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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

This gets into marketing in nearly every way possible at this time.

Best of all, it attaches to nearly everything, thanks to the webbed panel on the back of the bag.

By 2040, according to federal government projections, extreme water shortages will be nearly ubiquitous west of Missouri.

Ad revenue has nearly rebounded to pre-coronavirus levels and is 1% lower than last year’s revenue, it’s only just beginning to monetize virtual events.

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She nearly went public when blog posts stated, incorrectly she said, that Mallott’s victim was not Potts but her then-16-year-old daughter.

Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.

It took me 1,015 strokes to see this shade of green in a world of orange, and my jaw nearly dropped.

For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.

Aside from a blanket ban, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit are nearly impossible to control.

Ramos was 38—nearly two decades older than the average recruit.

The garrison of the town and fortress was nearly three thousand strong.

Another crash, which nearly shut up his spine like a telescope, told him that there were no wings.

He began his military career at the age of 11, and continued in the service nearly 60 years.

He is rather tall and narrow, and wears a long abb's coat reaching nearly down to his feet.

She came to know the peculiarities of nearly all native trees.





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