al·​most | \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst How to pronounce almost (audio) , ȯl-ˈmōst How to pronounce almost (audio) \

Definition of almost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very nearly but not exactly or entirely We're almost there. The work is almost done.



Definition of almost (Entry 2 of 2)

: very near but not quite an almost failure

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Synonyms & Antonyms for almost

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of almost in a Sentence

Adverb Analysts predict that rates will rise by almost 40 percent. Goats will eat almost anything. Adjective burdened with impossibly high expectations, the movie came to be regarded as an almost failure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Drafting the best talent available is almost always the way to go, a point justified this year by the selection of CeeDee Lamb. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "As necessary as it was, firing Mike Nolan doesn’t magically fix all of the Cowboys’ issues on defense," 8 Jan. 2021 The thriller starring Kaley Cuoco takes you for a ride that doesn’t always track but almost always entertains. Matthew Gilbert,, "This week’s TV: A new NBC Ted Danson sitcom, more streaming+, and the first Black ‘Bachelor’," 4 Jan. 2021 January and February are almost always difficult months, weather-wise. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Winter Is Good," 4 Jan. 2021 Nonetheless Gulab Singh is almost always full of Muslim men in search of attar to dab behind the ears before Friday prayers and to celebrate festivals such as Eid. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 The seven-day average of deaths in December, meanwhile, has almost always exceeded 2,000 a day and reached a high of 2,659 on Dec. 22, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Year Ends With Record-Breaking Month in U.S. for Covid-19," 31 Dec. 2020 Drivers who accidentally cut someone off in traffic are barraged with gunfire, and the shooter almost always escapes. Megan O'matz,, "Cameras on I-95 erase evidence, let shooters go free," 31 Dec. 2020 Rabies is almost always fatal in humans and other mammals, according to the Florida Department of Health. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Otter tests positive for rabies in Orlando neighborhood," 30 Dec. 2020 Outbreaks at nursing homes almost always start when an infected staff member, who usually does not have symptoms, unknowingly carries the virus into the facility and passes it to coworkers and residents. Erin Allday,, "S.F.’s Laguna Honda was a model for coronavirus control. Now, 3 are dead in new outbreak," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite arguably kicking off the trend of internet shutdowns a decade ago with an almost year-long blackout in the western province of Xinjiang, China is not a frequent offender. James Griffiths, CNN, "Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion last year, report says," 9 Jan. 2020 West made his triumphant return to Twitter last Friday after an almost year-long hiatus. NBC News, "Kanye West returns for a new album — and some Twitter philosophy," 21 Apr. 2018 Kentucky's almost year-old $45 million facility has a barber shop like Oregon, plus ventilated lockers with phone charging stations and a dining area complete with a chef. Ron Higgins,, "Georgia: We've got a D.J. booth in our locker room! Clemson: So what? We have Dabo World!!," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of almost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for almost


Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst, from eall + mǣst most


derivative of almost entry 1

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The first known use of almost was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Almost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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al·​most | \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst How to pronounce almost (audio) \

Kids Definition of almost

: only a little less than : very nearly We're almost finished.

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