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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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

Whatever Trump's overall approval rating is, his power derives from the fact that Republicans control Congress and that the GOP base is almost completely — and passionately — behind him. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump is threatening the Western alliance. And Republicans have no will to stop him.," 13 July 2018 However, this loosening was almost completely offset by a decline in credit for government loan programs. Kathy Orton,, "Mortgage rates settle in for the summer," 12 July 2018 Time, construction activities and the elements had taken their toll over the years, with portions of the mural almost completely being stripped away. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Iconic Tower Records mural in downtown is getting a little love," 10 July 2018 In the process, visitors have almost completely worn away the bark from the tree’s base. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Why Some Protected Natural Areas Should Remain Off-Limits," 9 July 2018 There's a reason why Kasich largely skipped the socially conservative Iowa during his 2016 bid and would almost certainly do so again. Jessie Balmert,, "2020 presidential race watch: Ohio Gov. John Kasich returns to N.H. to praise press," 9 July 2018 In the process, visitors have almost completely worn away the bark from the tree’s base. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 Despite their rich and well-connected pedigree, the mother and daughter pair were almost completely isolated from the outside world and, surprisingly, were living in abject squalor., "Why Fashion People Love Cult Film Grey Gardens," 3 July 2018 The Bottom Line: While baby food pouches undoubtedly beat out other unhealthier snack options, throwing an apple in your kid's backpack instead of an applesauce pouch wins out almost every time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "You're Probably Feeding Your Kids Too Many Food Pouches, Say Pediatricians," 3 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 clear from alleged fault or guilt

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