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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Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio played a chillingly life-like werewolf on a full moon with razor-sharp teeth and claws, while Taylor Hill was virtually unrecognizable as Japanese comic book character, Sailor Moon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Halloween Makeup on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018 At the time, Zendaya was the star of two Disney shows, but her name was still virtually unrecognizable in mainstream media. Tasbeeh Herwees, The Verge, "How a superstar stylist turned Céline Dion and Zendaya into Instagram icons," 13 Sep. 2018 Rihanna has a way of doing covers like no other, virtually unrecognizable from one to the next (including album covers). Andrea Park, Allure, "Rihanna's Eyebrows Got a Pencil-Thin Makeover for Her British Vogue Cover," 1 Aug. 2018 If not for the mass movement of humanity around the world, soccer’s favorite tournament would look drastically different and this week’s semifinals would be virtually unrecognizable. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why the World Cup is a great advertisement for immigration," 10 July 2018 Those friend connections form what has become known as Facebook’s social graph, the layer of personal relationships that gives the company a competitive advantage over virtually every other communications platform around. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook needs a ‘reset’ button for your friend list," 27 Dec. 2018 There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "In House race, a Mass. progressive upstart defeats incumbent," 4 Sep. 2018 Image In June 1972, Emanuel Celler, a Democratic congressman from Brooklyn, sat down for an interview with The New York Times in advance of a primary that he was virtually assured of winning. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Before Ocasio-Cortez, the Elizabeth Holtzman Effect," 5 July 2018 Luka Modric's goal in the 80th minute put Croatia up 2-0 and virtually assured victory. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Top 10 World Cup moments: Heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hirving Lozano," 29 June 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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to gather or build up little by little

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