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adverb bare·ly

: hardly or scarcely

—used to say that someone or something only has a specified small size, age, length, etc.

—used to say that something reached a specifed condition or happened only a short time before

Full Definition of BARELY

:  in a meager manner :  plainly <a barely furnished room>
:  scarcely, hardly <barely enough money for lunch>

Examples of BARELY

  1. We barely spoke the entire time we were in the car.
  2. There are barely any new features in this software.
  3. There is barely a difference between the two.

First Known Use of BARELY

before 12th century

Rhymes with BARELY

BARELY Defined for Kids


adverb bare·ly \ˈber-lē\

Definition of BARELY for Kids

:  almost not <The old man's voice was barely audible now. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
:  with nothing to spare :  by a narrow margin <I'd barely enough to eat.> <She barely passed the test.>


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