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 Other people stared out windows that seemed almost covered by cascades of water from the furious rainfall. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Restee Johnson has battled drug and alcohol addiction almost his whole life. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2021 By 2030, the apparel industry's climate impact is expected to increase 49%, meaning the fashion industry will emit 4.9 metric gigatons of CO2 — almost equal to today's total annual US greenhouse gas emissions. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2021 But when people drank a bit less -- only 6 grams of alcohol a day -- the benefit almost doubled. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 July 2021 His approach to the 18th green almost yielded an eagle on the PGA Tour’s hardest par-5 hole, but the ball lipped out., 26 July 2021 The override attempt on Tuesday was almost certain to fail because there aren't enough Republicans to vote for them without Democrats crossing sides. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 Miami is almost synonymous with the word bachelorette. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 26 July 2021 The number of civilians killed and wounded in May and June is almost as many as recorded in the preceding four months. Rahim Faiez, ajc, 26 July 2021 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

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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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almost a certainty

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29 Jul 2021

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“Almost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 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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