1 of 2


: very nearly but not exactly or entirely
We're almost there.
The work is almost done.


2 of 2


: very near but not quite
an almost failure

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Fries also addressed the WGA and SAG strikes that have brought the industry — both at home and abroad — to an almost total standstill. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 This wasn’t a small matter, this almost led to the criminalization of music. Bob Guccione Jr, Spin, 20 Sep. 2023 Nevertheless, the video took the protest movement by storm; almost immediately, 5 CAUSAS could be seen on signs carried by demonstrators around the country. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2023 Nearly 7 million properties, almost 1 in 20 buildings, have already experienced price surges or have been dropped by insurance companies, First Street found. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 20 Sep. 2023 The Ice Spice brew packs a punch—in fact, an almost overwhelming one. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2023 This category accounted for over $493,000 in receipts, while $33,200 came from $100 or less donations and almost $68,000 thanks to in-kind donations over $100. Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner, 20 Sep. 2023 Among Dodgers with 5,000 plate appearances (Wheat had almost 10,000), that is third behind Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 There were almost 90,000 people at this year’s parade, which culminated after a month of LGBTQ events and festivities. Adam Groffman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2023
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 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst, from eall + mǣst most


derivative of almost entry 1

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1529, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Almost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: only a little less than : nearly
we're almost finished

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