Definition of nearly
1 : in a close manner or relationship nearly related
2a : almost but not quite nearly identical nearly a year laterb : to the least extent not nearly as good as we expected
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.
First Known Use of nearly
NEARLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nearly for English Language Learners
: not completely : almost but not quite
NEARLY Defined for Kids
Definition of nearly for Students
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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