bare·ly | \ˈber-lē \

Definition of barely 

1 : in a meager manner : plainly a barely furnished room

2 : scarcely, hardly barely enough money for lunch

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Examples of barely in a Sentence

We barely spoke the entire time we were in the car. There are barely any new features in this software. There is barely a difference between the two.
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Suarez, 26, barely missed a top-10 finish in last weekend's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Chicagoland. Deaundra Allen, charlotteobserver, "Suarez looks to use Coke Zero Sugar 400 as stepping stone," 6 July 2018 Cameroon shocked Argentina 1-0 in the opener despite two red cards, but from that point on, the Argentinians kept advancing — barely — even when up against seemingly superior opponents. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Russia adds to list of famous World Cup upsets," 2 July 2018 Cooper, 27, barely got his season started before suffering a right wrist contusion that’s held him out since April 1. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Composure a common attribute in both Miami Marlins’ pitching prospect’s strong debuts," 1 July 2018 Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough starts as a (barely) over-the-top sketch starring Blair Trigger, a streamer playing what best resembles a bad Gears of War game. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Too Many Cooks creator returns to skewer video games and streamer culture," 26 June 2018 The brilliant eye and talented hands behind so many of the model and actor's looks is Mara Roszak, who has worked with Delevingne for several years, through long and barely-there hair. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hairstylist Mara Roszak Reveals the Secrets Behind Cara Delevingne's Coolest Looks," 19 June 2018 The retaliation by other countries has barely begun. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Investors Fret About a Trade War, but They Aren’t Fleeing the Stock Market," 17 June 2018 Making the station modern Yet even all these relatively cosmetic aspects barely begin to capture the scope of the work. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Restoring Michigan Central Station will take years — and lots of money," 17 June 2018 The joint meeting had barely begun when Wenger — an opponent of the French School request — moved to have the council approve the May 1 Zoning Commission recommendation. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Castle Hills descends into municipal rancor and confusion," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of barely

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of barely was circa 1513

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bare·ly | \ˈber-lē\

Kids Definition of barely

1 : almost not The old man's voice was barely audible now.— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game

2 : with nothing to spare : by a narrow margin I'd barely enough to eat. She barely passed the test.

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to reject or criticize sharply

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