practically

adverb
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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Synonyms for practically

Synonyms

about, all but, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

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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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Only takes one Last Friday, members of the Microsoft Security Response Team practically begged organizations that hadn’t patched vulnerable machines to do so without delay, lest another WannaCry scenario play out. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows," 5 June 2019 This colorful plate is practically begging you to enjoy it from the great outdoors. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019 Vogueworld News Flash: Office Attire Doesn’t Have to Be Boring The words office attire are practically synonymous with stuffy khakis and drab collared shirts. Vogue, "News Flash: Office Attire Doesn’t Have to Be Boring," 2 Apr. 2019 And upon confirming that strawberries actually contain more vitamin C than oranges, the fruit practically synonymous with the famously brightening compound, Volition knew the serum had to become a reality — and the demand has only confirmed that. Marci Robin, Allure, "Volition’s New Strawberry-C Serum Sold Out at Sephora Just 10 Days After It Launched," 30 Mar. 2019 The traffic, mercifully, is practically nonexistent. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 According to his data, these partnerships were practically nonexistent before 2015, but by early 2018, almost two dozen were underway. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 The pieces practically beg you to hole up at home, light a candle, and relax. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Ikea Debuts 2018 Winter Holiday Collection," 28 Sep. 2018 Some called for all leopard-print-midi-skirt devotees to be left alone because the piece is practically a neutral and everybody ought to own one. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Yeah, You Really Do Need a Leopard-Print Midi Skirt," 30 May 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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practically

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of practically

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

practically

adverb
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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