prac·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ˈprak-ti-k(ə-)lē \

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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After the goal, Germany had to commit practically everything for the equalizer but at the cost of leaving no one behind–including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Jenna West,, "Watch: South Korean Commentators Shocked by World Cup Win Over Germany," 27 June 2018 It's practically guaranteed the Bears will suffer one or more season ending injuries in the first quarter of the season. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: How does offense stack up to '17 Chiefs? What position battles loom on offensive line?," 12 June 2018 The angular, sporty shades are practically begging to be worn by Gigi and Bella Hadid—along with just about every other cool girl on your Instagram feed. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Calling It: This New Sunglasses Collection Is About To Take Over Instagram," 3 May 2018 Suddenly, everyone is nervous about practically everything, asking questions about what needs to change. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Hollywood Is Suddenly Serious. That's Exactly What America Needs Right Now," 1 Mar. 2018 Former City Manager Harry Black practically begged council to raise the operating millage rate in order to bring in more money, but members said no. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati council members agreed on a budget. Here are the winners and losers.," 25 June 2018 With George Fludas powering the music forward on drums and Jake Vinsel providing firm sonic underpinning on bass, Weiss was airborne practically from the start. Howard Reich,, "Pianist Michael Weiss evokes memories of Johnny Griffin," 22 June 2018 And even more extraordinary is the fact that each item is only $3, a price practically unheard of for beauty and self-care products, let alone ones made thoughtfully. Marci Robin, Allure, "Brandless Just Added More Than a Dozen New $3 Products to Its Beauty Line," 19 June 2018 Since the period covered by those figures, Trump has initiated a full-scale trade conflict with China, threatening to impose taxes on practically everything the U.S. imports from China. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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