vir·​tu·​al·​ly | \ ˈvər-chə-wə-lē How to pronounce virtually (audio) , -chə-lē; ˈvərch-wə-lē \

Definition of virtually

1a : almost entirely : nearly The project is virtually complete. Virtually every applicant was overqualified for the job.
b : for all practical purposes She was virtually unknown prior to starring in the film. It is virtually impossible to know the truth of the matter.
2 : by means of a computer or computer network : in a virtual location The meeting is being held virtually. They did all their shopping virtually.

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Morstead is due to make $1 million compared to $705,000 for Heatherly, but since $550,000 of Morstead’s deal is guaranteed, the cap savings are virtually a wash. Hal Habib, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 There is virtually no shortage of important lessons learned throughout this experience, but one of the most critical takeaways is the value of consistent risk preparation. Omar Choucair, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Louisville Forum hosted the event at Vincenzo's in downtown Louisville, although McGarvey tuned in virtually because his wife, Chris, was sick with COVID-19. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2022 Something that would take a five-minute conversation in the studio would be a two-day process virtually. Gary Graff, Billboard, 10 May 2022 Signing up is virtually the same across all race books. Xl Media, cleveland, 7 May 2022 The was virtually no change at the top of the major college baseball polls. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 2 May 2022 That linear procession of arrival, compression and release is virtually the only straight line in the entire complex. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 Moscow’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was in attendance — albeit, virtually — despite being under U.S. sanctions. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of virtually

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of virtually was circa 1600

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21 May 2022

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“Virtually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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