nearly

adverb

near·​ly ˈnir-lē How to pronounce nearly (audio)
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

Example Sentences

I see her nearly every day. We lived there for nearly two years. Nearly all of us got sick that weekend.
Recent Examples on the Web Drivers in San Diego supposedly create nearly double the greenhouse gases compared to Angelinos behind the wheel. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 Butter prices are nearly double from January, reaching more than $6 a pound at some stores for name brands. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2022 Junior running back Jordan Marshall has 1,621 rushing yards, nearly double the next closest running back in the Greater Catholic League South, and 25 TDs on 201 carries this season. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 In March 2021, criteria were modified to nearly double the number of people eligible for the free scan. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 And more than half of Redondo Beach’s residents are white, nearly double the rate of the L.A. area, per U.S. census data. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 In Canton, there were 49 shootings last year, nearly double the number in 2018, and 21 homicides, the highest tally in at least a decade, according to police data. Dan Frosch, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 The race to lead the historic Republican stronghold became pricey, with Hart’s campaign raising about $1.7 million, nearly double Conroy’s war chest of about $924,000, according to Reform for Illinois’ Sunshine Database. Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 For perspective: The contests will nearly double the cost of the 2010 midterm elections, more than double the 2014 midterms and are on pace to roughly equal the 2022 gross domestic product of Mongolia. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nearly was in 1561

Cite this Entry

“Nearly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nearly. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

nearly

adverb

near·​ly ˈni(ə)r-lē How to pronounce nearly (audio)
1
: in a close manner or relationship
nearly related
2
: almost but not quite
nearly the same
nearly missed the train
3
: to the least extent
not nearly enough

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