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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Over the last three fiscal years, Qualcomm’s revenue surged 44% from $22.6 billion to $23.5 billion, with operating income nearly doubling from $3.77 billion to $6.23 billion. Q.ai - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Success against weather events, Kury said, should be measured by how swiftly power is restored since preventing outages from happening is nearly impossible. Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021 Others say the virus risk to children remains low and opening schools is urgent for poorer students who lack access to the internet, making online learning nearly impossible. Arkansas Online, 3 Sep. 2021 New York's Central Park, for example, recorded 7.13 inches of rain Wednesday, nearly doubling the previous record of 3.84 inches, set in 1927, the National Weather Service New York reported. Angela Dewan, International Climate Editor, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 One of the findings revealed that despite employment growth in Indy nearly doubling the national average over the last decade, there has also been an 80% increase in poverty during the same period. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2021 In other cases, navigating the crush of people and Taliban checkpoints to get to the airport to evacuate Afghanistan proved nearly impossible. Luciana Lopez, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Others say the virus risk to children remains low and opening schools is urgent for poorer students who lack access to the internet, making online learning nearly impossible. Krutika Pathi, ajc, 1 Sep. 2021 Since the last redistricting, voters in Colorado, Michigan, New York, Utah and Virginia have created redistricting commissions — nearly doubling the number of states with them. David A. Lieb, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of nearly

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2021

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“Nearly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nearly. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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