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 Thanks to a good amount of stabilizers and an almost alarmingly silky texture, Philadelphia cream cheese just works really well in desserts. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Philadelphia Became the One and Only Cream Cheese," 13 Jan. 2020 Assigning how much of Burrow’s jump is a result of his own improvement or the system Brady helped implement is an almost impossible task because the answer is likely both. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: LSU's Joe Brady, hottest assistant in college football, will have plenty of options," 12 Jan. 2020 As a result, Just Mercy often lacks ambiguity: Stevenson is good, McMillan is innocent, and the system that put the latter in jail is biased, heartless, and almost impossible to overcome. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Strength of Just Mercy Is Also Its Weakness," 10 Jan. 2020 Rifkind focuses her book on Salka Viertel’s years in Hollywood, skipping her subject’s early life almost entirely. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 India’s economic mess is born almost entirely of domestic neglect and incompetence. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 Working with data from the decade 2005-2016, Burney identified when plants (almost entirely coal) shut down and when new ones (both coal and natural gas) came online. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ditching coal in the US is saving lives, helping crops," 6 Jan. 2020 Whenever there is a big duck feed around these parts, the specks are almost always with the greenheads. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Late-Season Mallards In Fields vs. Water," 6 Jan. 2020 Consider: The Times has found more than $800 million in federal contracts awarded to companies whose owners made unsubstantiated claims to be Native American, although the total is almost certainly higher. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: This $800 million was meant for Native Americans. But...," 2 Jan. 2020 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, "Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion last year, report says," 9 Jan. 2020 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


derivative of almost entry 1

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The first known use of almost was before the 12th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Almost.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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dull or mediocre

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