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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Circuit 1: Goblet Squat — 12 reps Jump Squat — 20 seconds (roughly 20 reps) Butt Kick — 20 yards down/back Push-up to Knee Tuck — 12 reps Do 3 sets. Amy Marturana, SELF, "The Total-Body Workout Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes Does When She Only Has 20 Minutes to Exercise," 16 Nov. 2018 By the time that the wave of massacres — carried out mostly with machetes, axes, spears, and bows and arrows — ebbed in mid-March, roughly 120 communities, including Tche, had been attacked. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 That’s about a football field’s worth of land roughly every 100 minutes in recent years. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Season one was hugely lauded by both critics and Emmy voters, and its second season deftly evaded the sophomore slump label, winning roughly similar levels of praise and awards. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why the era of Peak TV is the era of the disappointing second season," 1 Aug. 2018 That's roughly on par with the Prius, which is rated at 54 mpg in city driving, 50 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg overall. David Pan, USA TODAY, "2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Goes on Sale," 1 July 2018 At the time, about 10 percent of Hartford police officers were women; today, that figure is roughly the same, with 48 of the department’s 380-some officers women. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Settles Lawsuit Alleging Culture Of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Within Police Department," 28 June 2018 After a half-decade of planning for an ambitious Milwaukee summer festival, organizers initially landed on a different name: Juli Spass, German, roughly, for July Fun. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Summerfest, in 1968, had a little bit of everything (yes, including rain)," 26 June 2018 The slow-moving fire is roughly in the area of Via De Lago and Via Ranchitos, a Cal Fire spokesman said. Teri Figueroa,, "Crews battling 15-acre fire in Fallbrook," 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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