vir·​tu·​al·​ly | \ˈvər-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē;ˈvərch-wə-lē\

Definition of virtually 

1 : almost entirely : nearly

2 : for all practical purposes virtually unknown

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Synonyms for virtually


about, all but, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, somewhere, well-nigh

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Examples of virtually in a Sentence

We spent virtually all day shopping. The stadium was virtually empty by the time the game ended. I remember virtually everything he said. That illness is virtually unknown in this area.
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But virtually risk-free two-year Treasury notes are currently yielding 2.55 percent — more than what hedge funds, which are far from risk-free, are on track to generate this year. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 Art and fashion, at least for now, seem to be getting a virtually free pass in the #MeToo era. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 The whole thing would look a lot better, in virtually every way. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' defense, Royals' place, Vick's surprise & the Sam Mellinger I never met," 3 July 2018 Following the complete reconstruction of Blackhawk, ponding issues should be virtually eliminated. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Blackhawk rebuilding project to start in Friendswood," 21 June 2018 To train, teammates have been riding 200 to 300 miles a week, though there’s virtually no way to prepare for the rigors of the road. Pam Kragen,, "Blind cycling team to ride across country," 16 June 2018 And a new molded-on, undulating rubber chainstay protector virtually eliminates chain slap for an eerily silent ride. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Specialized Re-Reinvents the Stumpjumper," 22 May 2018 Grassroots campaigns taking their cue from Sanger were thriving in virtually every major city by the 1920s. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 That's when soccer began in the U.S., and since that time there has been virtually nothing but progress, growth and expansion with a quality national team. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Soccer's other problem aside from being a 'rich white kids sport'," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of virtually

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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