all but

adverb

Definition of all but 

: very nearly : almost would be all but impossible

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Examples of all but in a Sentence

Without you the job would have been all but impossible. We had all but given up hope.

First Known Use of all but

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all but was in 1590

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all but

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of all but

: very nearly

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adverb

Kids Definition of all but

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

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