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 Since the houseplant boom began a few years ago, conspicuous vegetation has pervaded virtually every nook and cranny of our homes and lives. April Long, Town & Country, "Can Houseplants Give You Better Skin?," 31 Mar. 2021 Mortar and artillery shells rained on houses and shops virtually every day for nearly a year. Washington Post, "All aboard Bus 70: Traveling a local Libyan route from war to hope and renewal," 31 Mar. 2021 That fact should be obvious to everyone, and majorities of virtually every voting demographic agree with legislation to protect women’s sports. Kristi Noem, National Review, "Fighting Smart for Fairness in Women’s Sports," 30 Mar. 2021 An ardent ornithologist, Weidensaul sometimes shares a few too many details about a few too many species, but one sympathizes: virtually every bird in the book does book-worthy things. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, virtually every headphone company has rushed to produce their own true wireless competitor — with varying degrees of success. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: The best premium earbuds," 24 Mar. 2021 Still, until the deadline passes, its specter is the invisible elephant in virtually every locker room. Dallas News, "‘I like our team’: As the NBA deadline nears, Mavs’ Rick Carlisle isn’t focused on trade rumors, nonsense and noise," 23 Mar. 2021 Because Simmons and Jackson played virtually every defensive snap in 2020, losing Jackson, if that’s what happens, doesn’t leave the Broncos with an easy next-man-up solution at the back of their defense. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Broncos leave ‘door open’ for Kareem Jackson," 19 Mar. 2021 There are eight lines in all, one for virtually every age from toddler to adult. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "10 Fun Educational Toys And Gadgets To Keep Your Kids Entertained During Spring Break," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Virtually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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