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almost

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adverb al·most \ˈȯl-ˌmōst, ȯl-ˈ\

Simple Definition of almost

  • : only a little less than

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of almost

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

Examples of almost in a sentence

  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 in a sentence

  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 for Students

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





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