rough·​ly | \ ˈrə-flē \

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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Those prices are roughly in line with global standards but still out of reach for many Cubans who subsist on state salaries of about $30 a month. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones," 5 Dec. 2018 In fact, the decline of the PC market roughly coincides with the birth of the tablet market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Why PCs Still Compute," 16 Nov. 2018 Like their street car counterparts, new models of GT3 race cars are released every three years or so, roughly in line with the international FIA GT3 rules-cycle. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Inflation, at 2 percent, is roughly in line with the ECB's goal of less than but close to 2 percent. David Mchugh, Fox News, "European Central Bank to take next step in tapering stimulus," 13 Sep. 2018 The findings in the taxi commission study are roughly in line with that figure after adjusting for the pay scale in New York City, where wages are about 25 percent higher than the national average. New York Times, "New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers," 2 July 2018 Since then, nominal wage growth has gradually picked up as labour markets have tightened, roughly in line with the predictions of economists who use broader measures of slack than just the unemployment rate. The Economist, "The rich world needs higher real wage growth," 30 June 2018 Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a West Deptford Democrat, said the total size of lawmakers’ proposal hasn’t been set and is roughly in line with Murphy’s $37.4 billion plan. Terrence Dopp,, "New Jersey Lawmakers Pushing Own Budget Plan Amid Murphy Impasse," 15 June 2018 That's roughly in line with ultrasounds, which currently predict ages with 48-percent accuracy. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Blood Test Could Predict When Babies Will Arrive Early," 7 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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