prac·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ ˈprak-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce practically (audio) \

Definition of practically

1 : in a practical manner look practically at the problem
2 : almost, nearly practically everyone

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Examples of practically in a Sentence

The room's ceiling was so low that we practically had to crawl. I talk to him practically everyday. The project is practically complete. Football is practically a religion in some places. Practically speaking, Alaska is too far to go for just a few days.
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Recent Examples on the Web With respect to these stirrings of organized dissent, Amazon’s rise to monopoly remains practically uncontested. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "The End of the Backlash to Big Tech," 28 May 2020 This list is incomplete without a Kentucky basketball representative, and Rupp practically built the program. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "You voted for Kentucky's Mount Rushmore of Sports. Now here's who we picked," 26 May 2020 Then of course, if America had followed the lead of capable countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, or Greece, practically nobody would have died. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "America's coronavirus death toll has been a bipartisan achievement," 22 May 2020 By the end of March, our little pandemic pod was practically in the clear. Pooja Bhatia,, "My Bay Area sheltering-in-place family got and survived coronavirus," 22 Apr. 2020 Experts aren’t sure yet what that will mean, practically. Kate Ashford,, "What to Know About Coronavirus Testing and Treatment if You Have No Health Insurance," 8 Apr. 2020 What this means practically is that articles of impeachment almost certainly won’t move to the Senate until January, which is when the trial was expected to start. NBC News, "House managers likely won't be selected until the new year," 20 Dec. 2019 But what Twitter means by that has been unclear, practically. Jeremy B. Merrill, Quartz, "Three ways Twitter’s political ad ban could backfire and help bad actors," 1 Nov. 2019 Addison’s parents, who practically lived at University during this period, hope she will be released from the hospital in time to celebrate her second birthday on Nov. 20 and Thanksgiving. Lauren Caruba,, "After a toddler fell into a septic tank, a team in San Antonio raced to save her life," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of practically

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of practically was in 1571

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2 Jun 2020

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“Practically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of practically

: almost or nearly
: in a way that is reasonable or logical : in a practical way


prac·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ ˈprak-ti-kə-lē How to pronounce practically (audio) \

Kids Definition of practically

1 : almost It rained practically all night.
2 : in a way that is reasonable or logical Practically speaking, it's too far to drive.

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