virtually

adverb
vir·​tu·​al·​ly | \ ˈvər-chə-wə-lē How to pronounce virtually (audio) , -chə-lē; ˈvərch-wə-lē \

Definition of virtually

1 : almost entirely : nearly
2 : for all practical purposes virtually unknown

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Central among the legislation that went into effect in 2014 and 2015 was a mandate that virtually anyone working with children in the state, including volunteers, had to undergo criminal background checks. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 Woodlands, farms and deserts are being paved over with roads, a transformation that is virtually irreversible—and one that can have profound consequences for global warming, depending on how sprawling the streetscapes are. Jen Monnier, Scientific American, "Reducing Street Sprawl Could Help Combat Climate Change," 12 Feb. 2020 Back in 1985, the film virtually swept the field, coming home with eight. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra clinches film concert victory with sold-out run of ‘Amadeus’," 10 Feb. 2020 In addition to being nervous about the looming re-coupling, the Islanders were stunned to discover that the new additions were virtually impossible to tell apart. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "How To Tell The Love Island Season 6 Twins Apart," 20 Jan. 2020 Last year, for example, virtually the entire male staff at an upscale apartment complex in Chennai conspired to rape an 11-year-old disabled girl. BostonGlobe.com, "None of this happened in an isolated part of India or in some tough, broken place. It happened on the busy outskirts of one of India’s most up-and-coming cities: Hyderabad.," 22 Dec. 2019 Last year, for example, virtually the entire male staff at an upscale apartment complex in Chennai conspired to rape an 11-year-old disabled girl. New York Times, "In India Tech City Shocked by Gang Rape, Vigilante Justice Gets Praise," 21 Dec. 2019 The reason the person who wants fewer children might prevail is because parents who are feeling overwhelmed, pressured or powerless tend to find ways to exit, either actually (by leaving) or virtually (through neglect). Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Parents are at an impasse on family size," 26 Nov. 2019 The reason the person who wants fewer children might prevail is because parents who are feeling overwhelmed, pressured or powerless tend to find ways to exit, either actually (by leaving) or virtually (through neglect). Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Parents are at an impasse on family size," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of virtually

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of virtually was in the 15th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Virtually.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtually. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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virtually

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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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