rough·​ly | \ ˈrə-flē How to pronounce roughly (audio) \

Definition of roughly

1 : in a rough manner: such as
a : with harshness or violence treated the prisoner roughly
b : in crude fashion : imperfectly roughly dressed lumber
2 : without completeness or exactness : approximately roughly 20 percent

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Examples of roughly in a Sentence

Roughly translated, it means “hurry up!”. The new product is modeled roughly on an earlier design. He threw the package roughly in the truck. The guard told us roughly that we had to stand back.
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The Camp Fire that began two weeks ago has scorched an area roughly the size of Chicago, burned down more than 13,000 homes and killed at least 81 people, with the number increasing daily. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire," 21 Nov. 2018 Just a few years ago, ISIS controlled a swath of territory roughly the size of Great Britain. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback," 17 Aug. 2018 El Salvador is one of the world’s deadliest countries outside a war zone, with almost 4,000 homicides last year in a nation roughly the size of Massachusetts. Anna-catherine Brigida, Washington Post, "Salvadoran deportee finally reunited with his separated daughter," 29 June 2018 That's roughly the size of five Walmart Supercenters or two Eighth & Main buildings. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "This Nampa site may house an Amazon distribution center, bringing 'thousands' of jobs," 21 June 2018 Its population is 334,000 — 1/8th the population of Chicago, or roughly the size of Wichita. 2. Tim Bannon,, "7 reasons why Chicagoans should root for Iceland in the World Cup," 14 June 2018 The planets are roughly Jupiter-size, the researchers estimate, but their orbits are much farther out, at 12 billion and 21 billion kilometers. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "This distant disk may contain the youngest exoplanets ever detected," 14 June 2018 Ice on the Eastern side, which is roughly the size of Australia, is known for being more stable than the Western side. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Antarctica's Rate of Melting Ice Has Tripled in the Last Decade, Study Says," 13 June 2018 Other features include a 40,000 square-foot play field, roughly the size of a soccer field, a smaller playground, and areas for future permanent classroom expansion and modular classrooms if needed. Bill Banks, ajc, "Demolition for Decatur’s Talley Street school begins," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of roughly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of roughly

: not exactly but close in number, quality, meaning, etc.
: in a way that is not gentle or careful
: in a very simple or basic way

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