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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According to YouMail, a software company that blocks robocalls, nearly 48 billion robocalls were made nationally in 2018—a roughly 19 billion increase from two years prior. Renae Reints, Fortune, "FCC Takes Major Step Toward Limiting Robocalls and Scammers," 7 June 2019 And the situation is roughly equivalent with the competition: Ford charges $4000 to upgrade to diesel from the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and $3000 to move up from the popular 5.0-liter V-8. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "How Does the Chevrolet Silverado's New Duramax Turbo-Diesel Engine Compare against Ford and Ram?," 3 June 2019 At least one Type 075 amphibious assault ship roughly equivalent to the Wasp and America-class ships is under construction. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.," 20 May 2019 Twitter Will's foray into the world of espionage started with a week of working with the Secret Intelligence Service—also known as MI6, roughly the UK's equivalent of the CIA, which focuses on international intelligence. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Reveals He's Gone Undercover with UK Spy Agencies," 7 Apr. 2019 By May 3, roughly a thousand National Guard troops were there. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "6 Legendary Vietnam-Era Anti-War Movement Protests Everyone Should Know," 3 May 2019 The former French country home of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson has been listed for £5.6 million (or roughly, $7.3 million). Monique Valeris, Town & Country, "The Former French Estate of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson Is on the Market for £5.6 Million," 30 Apr. 2019 The Furby has gone through, roughly, three major eras of evolution. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Because lakes on Titan's southern hemisphere, like Ontario Lacus, are a roughly equal mix of methane and ethane. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Cassini Found That Titan Has Lakes of Methane Resting on Giant Mesas," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of roughly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roughly was in the 14th century

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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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