al·most | \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst , ȯl-ˈ \

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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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

Closer Blake Treinen is going to the All-Star Game, but Trivino is pitching almost as well. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Pitchers to stash before the All-Star break," 13 July 2018 So, many residents drink Coca-Cola, which is produced by a local bottling plant, can be easier to find than bottled water and is almost as cheap. Oscar Lopez,, "In Mexican town, Coca-Cola is everywhere, and so is diabetes," 14 July 2018 Brady has been protected almost exclusively by Matt Light and Solder throughout his career. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Patriots training camp questions: Will rocky offseason carry over for AFC champions?," 13 July 2018 But the pain emanating from Victor Alicea was almost too much to bear, even for his wife, Elsa. Helen Ubiñas,, "Families of homicide victims, bonded by love | Helen Ubiñas," 13 July 2018 Pressure from parent companies, station managers, program directors and ratings make the business almost untenable. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Lions voice Jim Brandstatter deserved better than this," 13 July 2018 Democrats — 89 percent of whom disapprove of Trump’s handling of immigration — are almost evenly split on the question, with 49 percent saying families should be detained, while 50 percent say they should be temporarily released. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 At one point, almost offhand, the contract workers of the film’s Big Bad company, Worry Free Living, are revealed to kinda-sorta-maybe be enslaved. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 Its trails are beautifully designed and marked, so almost everyone can easily experience it. Peter Marteka,, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018

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


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 \

Kids Definition of almost

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

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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