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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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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Grassroots campaigns taking their cue from Sanger were thriving in virtually every major city by the 1920s. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 That's when soccer began in the U.S., and since that time there has been virtually nothing but progress, growth and expansion with a quality national team. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Soccer's other problem aside from being a 'rich white kids sport'," 5 July 2018 To have the lowest-scoring team in the majors rally for five runs in the seventh inning after doing virtually nothing all day was unsettling enough. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wow, when's the last time you saw an opponent get to Josh Hader like this?," 27 June 2018 Musk himself has said virtually nothing about Ad Astra, and both SpaceX and Ad Astra declined our requests for comment. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 Out in the Indian Ocean, among the birds and flowers, there’s virtually nothing between the house and the South Pole. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018 When Ivanovic rolled up his sleeve to show the referee the mark at Anfield, there was virtually nothing there. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "How to fake your soccer knowledge throughout the 2018 World Cup," 15 June 2018 The father of three who came to this country with virtually nothing is leaving as the owner of a construction business with dozens of employees and a nest-egg large enough to buy two properties in his homeland and semi-retire at 45. Fox News, "Immigrant bids a grateful goodbye to US after 20 years," 8 June 2018 At the time, Hunter knew virtually nothing about Ballard. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Colts newest chaplain is former IMPD officer who at first resisted calling to priesthood," 13 May 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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