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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web With a starting heat source of 170°C, a thermoradiative cell could produce roughly the same number of watts/meter as a solar panel. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Variant of photovoltaic power could generate 24 hours a day," 4 Feb. 2020 About 4,000 taxis are licensed to operate in all of British Columbia, while the state of Massachusetts, with roughly the same number of people as the Canadian province, has 70,000 active ride-hail drivers. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Vancouver Wants to Avoid Other Cities' Mistakes With Uber and Lyft," 1 Feb. 2020 That comes to roughly 10 tons per person, which is roughly in line with the rest of Europe. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Norway says its new giant oil field is actually good for the environment. Critics call it climate hypocrisy," 19 Jan. 2020 During 11 years of follow-up, 2,168 women developed ovarian cancer, with roughly similar numbers in those who used powders and those who didn’t. Washington Post, "Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder & cancer," 7 Jan. 2020 Per ’s Emma Betuel, this result seemed roughly in line with analyses of historical accounts, which tentatively pinpoint the virus’ start in humans to around 1000 A.D. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Century-Old Lungs May Push Origin of Measles Back 1,500 Years," 6 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon sent 120 Marine reinforcements to Baghdad from Kuwait, roughly the same number sent to the embassy in 2014, when the Islamic State was threatening Baghdad., "The men did not enter the main embassy buildings and later withdrew from the compound, joining thousands of protesters and militia fighters outside chanting “Death to America,” throwing rocks, covering the walls with graffiti, and demanding that the United States withdraw its forces from Iraq.," 2 Jan. 2020 In 2015, Alabama and Mississippi had roughly the same number of farms dedicated to Christmas tree production. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Where do Alabama’s Christmas trees come from?," 25 Dec. 2019 Japan has roughly the same number of five-star hotels as Vietnam, and fewer than London or Paris. The Economist, "Room to grow Posh hotels are scarce in Japan—and increasingly lucrative," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of roughly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Roughly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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