all but

adverb
Updated on: 16 Jan 2018

Definition of all but

: very nearly : almost
  • would be all but impossible

Examples of all but in a Sentence

  1. Without you the job would have been all but impossible.

  2. We had all but given up hope.

Recent Examples of all but from the Web

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First Known Use of all but

1590


ALL BUT Defined for English Language Learners

all but

adverb

Definition of all but for English Language Learners

  • : very nearly


ALL BUT Defined for Kids

all but

adverb

Definition of all but for Students

: very nearly : almost
  • “He is all but forgotten.”
  • —William H. Armstrong, Sounder


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