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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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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There’s virtually no chance of showers during the show, says the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rain or shine, don’t bring an umbrella to McCartney’s San Diego concert," 21 June 2019 And black drivers were cited for possession in 2017 at six times the rate of white people, even though national studies show both groups smoke it at virtually the same rate. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville just moved closer to telling police not to prioritize pot possession," 19 June 2019 That muscle is virtually absent in their ancestors, the wolves. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump kicks off 2020 campaign, charges in MH17 attack & evolution of puppy dog eyes: The Morning Rundown," 19 June 2019 Because the crisis then was mostly economic, virtually all of Sanders’ major proposals today deal with economics. Robert Samuelson, Twin Cities, "Robert Samuelson: A refugee from the 1930s," 19 June 2019 Previously, radio reporters had to be available to jot down notes from callers, making large-scale engagement from listeners virtually impossible. Anna Pujol-mazzini,, "Illiterate entrepreneurs in Mali now have their own social media app," 17 June 2019 Yet,when it is pointed out that our biggest financial problem is an overly generous and abused pension system, the politicians indicate that an amendment to correct that is virtually impossible to obtain. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: With DNA evidence, reinstate death penalty," 10 June 2019 The expansion of its HealthHubs is the latest move by CVS to truly turn itself into a provider of virtually all healthcare products and services that a customer needs. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "CVS plans to expand HealthHubs to 1,500 stores by 2021," 4 June 2019 Material Choices Bed frames can be built out of virtually any wood, including various species of softwoods and hardwoods. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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