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adverb al·most \ˈȯl-ˌmōst, ȯl-ˈ\

Simple Definition of almost

  • : only a little less than

Full Definition of almost

  1. :  very nearly but not exactly or entirely <we're almost there>

Examples of almost

  1. Analysts predict that rates will rise by almost 40 percent.

  2. Goats will eat almost anything.



Origin of almost

Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst, from eall + mǣst most


First Known Use: before 12th century


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almost

adjective al·most

Definition of almost

  1. :  very near but not quite <an almost failure>



Examples of almost

  1. <burdened with impossibly high expectations, the movie came to be regarded as an almost failure>



1709

First Known Use of almost

1709



ALMOST Defined for Kids

almost

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adverb al·most \ˈȯl-ˌmōst\

Definition of almost

  1. :  only a little less than :  very nearly <We're almost finished.>





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