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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That's a story for Kevin [Feige] to tell another day, as far as who was almost in it and who wasn't. Devan Coggan,, 12 May 2022 In that case, the cinematic story was almost part of the problem, right? Brendan O'meara, Longreads, 10 May 2022 The two women—with their long dark hair and similarly excellent wardrobes—could almost be sisters. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Singleton said on Friday authorities are almost at square one again. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 6 May 2022 Similar to Kaecilius, Ronan is almost sort of bland and basic by design. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 Lenin’s revolution was almost half a century old by then, and while the former leader’s portraits and quotations were still ubiquitous, the intensity of his appeal was fading. Katie Stallard, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Comics were almost entirely silent on Twitter in the wake of the incident, perhaps not wanting to be perceived as speaking for Chappelle, who is revered by many in the industry. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 It's almost been a year since the winning ticket matched the five white balls drawn May 5 — 16-23-28-40-63. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 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, 9 Jan. 2020 West made his triumphant return to Twitter last Friday after an almost year-long hiatus. NBC News, 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,, 20 May 2017 See More

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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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almost a certainty

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18 May 2022

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“Almost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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