virtually

adverb
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

Synonyms

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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As with early cyclocopters, when takeoff was achieved, maintaining stability was virtually impossible. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 Our panel of power stylists have every curl covered—from the virtually self-sufficient to the impossibly high-maintenance. Glamour, "Beauty Awards: The 18 Best Curly and Natural Hair Products of 2019," 25 Mar. 2019 According to Intel, more than 400 PC designs ship with Thunderbolt ports, as well as virtually all of the latest Apple Macs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019 The motion is virtually guaranteed to be approved by the legislature, which is packed with el-Sissi’s supporters. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt accelerates efforts to extend el-Sissi’s rule," 11 Feb. 2019 Making authentic fried food at home is virtually impossible without a deep-fryer, a piece of machinery that's hard to set up, harder to clean, and a massive space hog. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's What Food Bloggers and a Registered Dietitian Say," 31 Jan. 2019 Congressional investigations will no doubt be taxing, but Mr. Trump will now have a political foil virtually guaranteed to present policies that are anathema to large swaths of the electorate. James Freeman, WSJ, "Art of the Deal: 2020," 16 Nov. 2018 But planning our moves so tightly, with hotels booked for most, if not all, nights, left us with virtually no flexibility during our days. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What They Don't Tell You About Cross-Country Family Road Trips," 23 July 2018 If Barrett, a devout Catholic, is the nominee, it's virtually guaranteed there will also be a debate over religious liberty. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Media touting (and targeting) Amy Barrett as a Trump court pick," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of virtually

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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virtually

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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