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almost

adverb al·most \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst , ȯl-ˈ \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of almost

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

Examples of almost in a Sentence

  1. Analysts predict that rates will rise by almost 40 percent.

  2. Goats will eat almost anything.

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Origin and Etymology of almost

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

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almost

adjective

Definition of almost

: very near but not quite
  • an almost failure

Examples of almost in a Sentence

  1. burdened with impossibly high expectations, the movie came to be regarded as an almost failure

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Origin and Etymology of almost

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ALMOST Defined for Kids

almost

adverb al·most \ ˈȯl-ˌmōst \

Definition of almost for Students

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


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