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

about, all but, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

Synonyms: Adjective

approximate, comparative, near, relative

Antonyms: Adjective

absolute, complete, downright, out-and-out, outright, perfect, pure, unqualified

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Examples of almost in a Sentence


Analysts predict that rates will rise by almost 40 percent. Goats will eat almost anything.


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

The duo wore similar outfits and their hair and makeup were almost identical. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon Just Twinned with Her Daughter Ava Phillipe at the Big Little Lies Premiere," 30 May 2019 He was almost eliminated from the show, but Ricky Martin saved him. 4. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "8 Facts About CNCO That’ll Make You Love Them Even More," 28 May 2019 The death toll, too, will almost certainly rise; cases of cholera have now been reported, along with an increase in malaria cases. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are almost five times more likely to have attempted suicide than heterosexual youth. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 For the first time, Wearstler has partnered with Danish heritage brand Georg Jensen on a sculptural six-piece collection made almost entirely out of stainless steel. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler Partners with Georg Jensen on a Sculptural New Collection," 28 Mar. 2019 This year’s harvest was almost entirely destroyed, and there’s potential for a famine if aid doesn’t make up the difference. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 She's started a charity called SameYou after almost losing her life to multiple brain hemorrhages. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering From Brain Injuries, and Then Announces Her New Charity, SameYou," 21 Mar. 2019 The black cowboy was left out of the Western film genre almost entirely, save for a few movies like Buck and the Preacher, Silverado, and Django Unchained. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "5 Western Fashion Outfits That Give Off Big Yeehaw Energy," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Adverb and Adjective

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

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

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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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showing great care, attention, and effort

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