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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Since its inception in 2015, the Queens Night Market has become one of the more prominent events on the New York City food scene, welcoming 10,000-plus people nearly every Saturday to its location in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Queens Night Market Begins a New Chapter," 7 Mar. 2019 In our tests, this machine earned high scores at nearly every task, including kneading bread dough and shredding mozzarella cheese. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 And for nearly every question imaginable, there’s a way to bet on the answer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Weirder Wagers: 7 Strange Ways You Can Bet on the Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2019 With eight different kinds of treatments, from roller shades to wooden blinds, there is one for nearly every kind of room. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "These Custom Window Shades Are 30% Off," 15 Jan. 2019 What’s really puzzling, though, is that in the most recent standoff, the White House was demanding $5 billion for a border wall — a sum that’s not nearly enough to pay for it under any of Trump’s various estimates. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 Food insecurity rates among Native Americans are nearly twice those of the general population. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 One year to do all this was just enough; any less would have been not nearly enough. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Alessandra Facchinetti’s Incredibly Lavish Costumes for Verdi’s Don Carlo Are Operatic Couture," 27 Oct. 2018 Even though it's framed as a Halloween collection, nearly everything can serve an everyday-makeup purpose. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild's Not Your Basic Witch Highlighter Is My $5 Secret for a Witchy Smoky Eye," 5 Oct. 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 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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