nearly

adverb
near·​ly | \ ˈnir-lē How to pronounce nearly (audio) \

Definition of nearly

1 : in a close manner or relationship nearly related
2a : almost but not quite nearly identical nearly a year later
b : to the least extent not nearly as good as we expected

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Synonyms for nearly

Synonyms

closely, near

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Examples of nearly in a Sentence

I see her nearly every day. We lived there for nearly two years. Nearly all of us got sick that weekend.
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Electric chargers spin up nearly instantly and are used briefly during acceleration to create boost before a turbocharger has the time to spool. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Volvo to Start Using Electrically Driven Superchargers," 17 May 2019 The textbook definition of a chameleon, the 22-year-old flexes her versatility with a different head-swiveling hair-and-makeup moment at nearly every major appearance. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Zendaya’s 20 Best Rule-Breaking Hair Moments on the Red Carpet," 9 May 2019 Since my mom is the eldest of three and also the family historian, nearly every piece from that box came with a story or memory, including this set of silver beauties. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Vintage Kale Necklace," 17 Apr. 2019 Many of these homes are located in areas where their downtown location is not nearly as exciting as yours. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 Google Gmail’s latest features aren’t nearly as consequential. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google Gmail celebrates 15 years by adding scheduled email and Smart Compose for mobile," 1 Apr. 2019 They're each applied with the special glue, which is similar to (but not nearly as strong as) the adhesive used for in-salon extensions. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried DIY Eyelash Extensions For A Month And Called It Quits With Mascara," 3 Jan. 2019 Until now, the best example of this was the Waterfall, a residential tower in Brisbane, Australia, Takada designed that boasts a nearly 400-foot high waterfall that runs the full length of the western part of the building. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of nearly

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nearly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of nearly

: not completely : almost but not quite

nearly

adverb
near·​ly | \ ˈnir-lē How to pronounce nearly (audio) \

Kids Definition of nearly

1 : in a close manner or relationship They're nearly related.
2 : almost but not quite We're nearly finished.
3 : to the least extent It's not nearly enough.

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