nearly

adverb near·ly \ ˈnir-lē \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of nearly

1 : in a close manner or relationship
  • nearly related
2 a : almost but not quite
  • nearly identical
  • nearly a year later
b : to the least extent
  • not nearly as good as we expected

Examples of nearly in a Sentence

  1. I see her nearly every day.

  2. We lived there for nearly two years.

  3. Nearly all of us got sick that weekend.

Recent Examples of nearly from the Web

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First Known Use of nearly

1561

nearly Synonyms



NEARLY Defined for English Language Learners

nearly

adverb

Definition of nearly for English Language Learners

  • : not completely : almost but not quite


NEARLY Defined for Kids

nearly

adverb near·ly \ ˈnir-lē \

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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