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almost

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adverb al·most \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst , ȯl-ˈ \

Definition of almost

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

Examples of almost in a Sentence

  1. Analysts predict that rates will rise by almost 40 percent.

  2. Goats will eat almost anything.

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Origin and Etymology of almost

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

almost Synonyms

Synonyms
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, as good as, just about, pretty much, within an inch of
Related Words
appreciably, by and large, chiefly, largely, mainly, mostly; kind of, partially, partly, somewhat
Near Antonyms
absolutely, altogether, completely, entirely, fully, plain, plumb [chiefly dialect], quite, thoroughly; totally, utterly, well, wholly; barely, hardly, scarcely

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almost

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Definition of almost

:very near but not quite
  • an almost failure

Examples of almost in a Sentence

  1. burdened with impossibly high expectations, the movie came to be regarded as an almost failure

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Origin and Etymology of almost



ALMOST Defined for Kids

almost

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adverb al·most \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst \

Definition of almost for Students

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


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