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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The Type 130, formerly called Project Omega, is in the works at Lotus's U.K. headquarters, and C/D has seen the nearly complete styling model. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 But the corn planting season is nearly over and shipments may not catch up if farmers decide to book their losses and walk away from unplanted fields. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Delivering Parcels Daily; Raising Union Pressure; Disrupting Grain Flows," 31 May 2019 The good news is that lipomas are nearly always benign. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 Senior commerce editor Lauren Swanson has a couple of light freckles, one of which is nearly in the center of her wrist. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Viral “Wrist Freckle Challenge” Aims to Prove Everyone Has Matching Moles on Their Arms," 30 May 2019 While potatoes cook, brush leeks with 2 teaspoons oil, then place on grill cut sides down and grill, covered, until charred and nearly tender, 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Leek Potato Salad," 29 May 2019 Eggers shot it in black-and-white, on 35mm, in a nearly square format and through early 20th-century lenses. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "‘The Lighthouse,’ with Robert Pattinson, illuminates Cannes," 20 May 2019 Add wine and simmer until nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rigatoni with Chicken and Broccoli Bolognese," 29 Apr. 2019 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

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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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