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 The library’s Evening in the Stacks will be held virtually on Feb. 27. Janet Kusterer,, "Howard library system offering senior living ideas and planning | MOSTLY MAIN," 19 Feb. 2021 To help get to the core of who the man himself is, Rahim spoke with Slahi both virtually and on set. Lauren Huff,, "Tahar Rahim on why his character in The Mauritanian is a 'lifetime lesson'," 18 Feb. 2021 The West Hartford Garden Club meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, March 4, at 1 p.m., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 18 Feb. 2021 Harvest for Hunger: Harvest for Hunger begins its 30th annual 21-county food collection campaign virtually on Wednesday amid an ongoing pandemic that’s resulting in unprecedented levels of need among Ohioans. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland Schools to outline plans for students’ return to in-person classes: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021," 16 Feb. 2021 Staff development will be conducted virtually on Monday, February 15 due to weather. San Antonio Express-News, "Live Updates: Closures, blackouts and more after winter weather slams S.A.," 15 Feb. 2021 This year’s awards will be presented virtually on March 2. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Ludwig Goransson Lead 2021 SCL Awards Nominations," 1 Feb. 2021 On Tuesday, Amanda Gorman, who became the youngest inaugural poet in US history exactly one week ago, appeared virtually on Ellen. Eliza Huber,, "Amanda Gorman Is One To Watch In Fashion," 27 Jan. 2021 Sixteen senators from both major parties and three senior White House aides met virtually on Sunday afternoon to discuss Mr. Biden's American Rescue Plan. CBS News, "16 senators from both parties meet with White House on COVID-19 relief plan," 25 Jan. 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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26 Feb 2021

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“Virtually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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