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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>

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

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