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 obvious answer is Donald Trump, who got nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton and has not expanded his appeal since. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump needs conflict like normal people need oxygen," 12 June 2019 Jacobson had given Trump 1.675 million shares, as well as nearly a million dollars in licensing fees. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 Apple is rumored to be making a phone with a nearly identical square camera bump. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Why Google’s surprise Pixel 4 tease raises the stakes," 12 June 2019 Top speed was nearly identical, with the ETEC claiming 48.3 mph to the Yamaha's 47.7 mph. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Evinrude's New E-TEC 150 Is the Most Efficient Boat Engine We've Ever Seen," 12 June 2019 Dominican authorities cited nearly identical conditions, including pulmonary edema -- where the lungs fill with fluid -- for several of them. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Brother of 'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room," 12 June 2019 However, absent those states, the AP found at the end of last year nearly 1.4 million people were active patients in a medical marijuana program. Angeliki Kastanis, BostonGlobe.com, "Broad pot legalization can hurt the medical marijuana industry, AP finds," 11 June 2019 However, absent those states, the AP found at the end of last year nearly 1.4 million people were active patients in a medical marijuana program. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all," 11 June 2019 Natural News had nearly 3 million Facebook followers prior to the ban. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News [Updated]," 10 June 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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