[ neer-lee ]
/ ˈnɪər li /


all but; almost: nearly dead with cold.
with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness.
with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our own.
with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately: nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.

Origin of nearly

First recorded in 1530–40; near + -ly

synonym study for nearly

1. See almost. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nearly

/ (ˈnɪəlɪ) /


not quite; almost; practically
not nearly nowhere near; not at allnot nearly enough money
closelythe person most nearly concerned
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