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nearly

adverb near·ly \ˈnir-lē\

: not completely : almost but not quite

Full Definition of NEARLY

1
:  in a close manner or relationship <nearly related>
2
a :  almost but not quite <nearly identical> <nearly a year later>
b :  to the least extent <not nearly as good as we expected>
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Examples of NEARLY

  1. I see her nearly every day.
  2. We lived there for nearly two years.
  3. Nearly all of us got sick that weekend.

First Known Use of NEARLY

1561
NEARLIER Defined for Kids

nearly

adverb near·ly \ˈnir-lē\

Definition of NEARLY for Kids

1
:  in a close manner or relationship <They're nearly related.>
2
:  almost but not quite <We're nearly finished.>
3
:  to the least extent <It's not nearly enough.>

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