al·​most | \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst How to pronounce almost (audio) , ȯl-ˈ 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

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

Republicans are now almost entirely invisible within the ranks of its activists. Jay P. Greene And Frederick M. Hess, WSJ, "Democrats Have Taken Over Education Reform," 7 Mar. 2019 This dainty French dessert is almost too cute to eat. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Jasmine Madeleines With Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze," 1 Mar. 2019 Amid heavy security on the ground, Tibet is almost entirely closed to foreign journalists and diplomats and information about actual conditions there is difficult to obtain. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries," 19 Feb. 2019 But despite its history and legend, the 747 has been almost entirely phased out from the current lineups of major airlines, replaced by a demand for smaller, fuel-efficient aircraft like Boeing's Dreamliner and 737 MAX. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "50 Years On, Boeing's 747 Is Fighting for Survival," 11 Feb. 2019 The combined result is that the size of the undocumented immigrant population is falling, driven almost entirely by a million fewer undocumented Mexican nationals living in the United States. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 Right now, advertisers rely almost entirely on download figures to determine the value of advertising on a podcast. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Push rice to sides of the pan, pour eggs into open space, and cook, stirring often, until eggs are almost set, then fold in rice and cook 1 minute more. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 There are way more good shows than ever before, but almost all of them are just good enough. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 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

Adverb and Adjective

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 How to pronounce almost (audio) \

Kids Definition of almost

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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