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 Facebook has intensified its campaign in the months that followed, moving from print ads to TV commercials that were practically begging users not to stop Facebook from tracking them across apps and services on iPhone and iPad. Chris Smith, BGR, "Facebook just confirmed how badly its iPhone privacy nightmare will hurt," 29 Apr. 2021 Robin Jackson, a small-town pharmacist there, has resorted to practically begging anyone in her community to get shots, even after placing signs outside her storefront celebrating a shipment’s arrival. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: J&J vaccine pause lifted," 23 Apr. 2021 Booker, meanwhile, has been practically begging for someone to challenge him on the defensive end. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Moore: Are the Suns title contenders? Of course they are. Defense wins championships.," 14 Apr. 2021 In light of recent trends, the book came to mind, practically begging to be recommissioned as an analogue for woke culture. Tim Kelleher, National Review, "A Nation of Sinners," 18 Mar. 2021 This mint green pajama set is practically begging to be worn outside with a pair of comfortable slides. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "Wanna add a bit of luxury to your slumber? Silk pajamas are the answer," 16 Mar. 2021 Last week Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was practically begging President Biden to share U.S. vaccine supplies with Mexico. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Let Business Give the Jab in Latin America," 7 Mar. 2021 In the pandemic's early days, Denise Keeley, a military veteran and nurse of 40 years, was practically begging the managers at her Oklahoma City hospital for answers about how to protect herself and how Covid would affect her work. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic," 25 Feb. 2021 Some fans are practically begging for another collab. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson Join Forces for New ‘Oh Santa’ Music Video," 4 Dec. 2020

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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 May 2021

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“Practically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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