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.
Recent Examples on the Web White says the idea for the performance was practically fully formed when music director Mei-Ann Chen pitched it to her during the Sinfonietta’s 2019 gala. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Stealing his idol and then voting him out would have been practically begging him to poison the jury well. Dalton Ross,, 12 May 2022 Shipping delays and inventory shortages are practically a given when shopping for new furniture online right now. Mike Darling, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 Administration officials have publicly enumerated those contributions, practically down to the number of bullets. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Her own company's sales skyrocketed practically overnight after the Abbott recall. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 11 May 2022 Seen in front of a tiled bathroom wall, Dua is practically glowing in the white Britney bikini from the luxury brand Leslie Amon. Seventeen, 10 May 2022 Loaded with pockets, easy to carry, and spacious enough for a few days' worth of outfits, the straightforward garment bag makes packing your favorite clothes practically effortless. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 From a return point of view, missing both is practically the same as staying put: 319% to 284% in the last 20 years. Raul Elizalde, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Practically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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