nearly

adverb
near·​ly | \ ˈnir-lē \

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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Acer also reduced the Swift 7 display bezels to just 2.57 mm, and now the display nearly fills the physical screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's new Swift 7 ultra-thin PC is even smaller, but adds Thunderbolt, Amber Lake and a clickpad," 6 Jan. 2019 The custom tracks underline how creative Beat Saber level design really is, creating an interplay between song and motion that’s not nearly as evident with the vanilla tracks. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Why Beat Saber is my game of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 While the potential for political gridlock in Washington increases, the market reaction has not been nearly as volatile as after other political events, such as the 2016 presidential vote. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 The tactic in play was to associate Obama as nearly as possible with terrorism, capitalizing on the conflation of the word with radical Islam in a post–9-11 United States. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "The Legacy Left Behind by John McCain Is Imperfect Yet Impactful," 27 Aug. 2018 But, like for the nearly one million federal employees working without pay or being furloughed, the partial government shutdown has necessitated a change of plans. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Donald Trump and Melania Won't Spend Christmas at Mar-a-Lago for the First Time in Years," 24 Dec. 2018 But there are other criticisms nearly every time a new By the Book column publishes. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 And the current-gen version supports cross-play on nearly every platform imaginable, save one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft lays its last brick on Xbox 360, other last-gen consoles," 19 Dec. 2018 Home prices and rents have skyrocketed, and large homeless populations can be found in nearly every major city. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "The Mixed Ledger of Jerry Brown," 14 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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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