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 Conquering El Capitan, a 2,900-foot-tall sheer granite wall that looms over Yosemite National Park in California, seemed practically impossible given the limited tools and techniques available to alpinists of the day. New York Times, "George Whitmore, Climber Who Vanquished El Capitan, Dies at 89," 16 Jan. 2021 Those three permits would allow a maximum of 15,000 protesters, though enforcing such limits is practically impossible. Will Carless, USA TODAY, "Nation's capital braces for violence as extremist groups converge to protest Trump's election loss," 4 Jan. 2021 For some students, especially students with disabilities, parents say learning through Zoom is practically impossible. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Frustrations mount as COVID surge keeps San Diego schools closed," 15 Dec. 2020 Closing is devastating and reopening for some people is practically impossible. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Fenton restaurant The Meeting Place defies Michigan's indoor dining ban," 20 Nov. 2020 During the Democratic primary, Biden hardly campaigned in the state and practically ceded the caucus to rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden on defense in Nevada," 7 Oct. 2020 The superman exercise is one of those effective bodyweight moves that works practically every single muscle in the body. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perform the Superman Exercise Correctly, According to a Fitness Expert," 27 Jan. 2021 The Postal Service delivers mail to our homes practically every day. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Come on, government. It shouldn’t be this hard getting COVID-19 vaccine into people’s arms," 25 Jan. 2021 Asus is one of the largest manufacturers of PC components, with fingers in practically every DIY pie. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Graphics cards are about to get a lot more expensive, Asus warns," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Practically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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