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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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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If historical trends continue, a handful of giant institutional investors will one day hold voting control of virtually every large U.S. corporation. John C. Bogle, WSJ, "Bogle Sounds a Warning on Index Funds," 29 Nov. 2018 The commencement of voting in key states underscores the heightened significance of virtually every major development — political or otherwise — on the state and national stage in the coming days. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "Early voting begins, final phase of midterms is here," 21 Sep. 2018 These themes appear in virtually every Democratic campaign speech, and for good reason: Somewhere in the murky overlap between race and class is a winning formula for the 2018 midterms, and perhaps even the 2020 presidential election. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Race was the biggest factor in 2016 — but economics is still Democrats’ winning message," 18 Sep. 2018 The spot where the Rhodes family used to park their car trailer is virtually the same as where his truck series hauler will sit this week. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Victory at Kentucky Speedway would be 'biggest win ever' for Ben Rhodes," 9 July 2018 But state lawmakers in 2013 adopted new maps that were virtually the same as the courts’ maps. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Supreme Court give Texas partial victory in racial gerrymandering case, state must redraw one district," 29 June 2018 These look virtually the same, with four wheels, three tiers, and mesh bottoms for each section. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "How Target’s new minimalist home goods line compares to Ikea and Muji products," 22 June 2018 The Parks and Recreation budget remains virtually the same at $225,310, while $696,000 is budgeted for street resurfacing and $650,000 for stormwater projects to help maintain city infrastructure. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Snellville approves $13.4 million budget for 2018-2019," 15 June 2018 There’s also an SOS button, which will call in search and rescue virtually anywhere on the globe. Brent Rose, The Verge, "How to build a camera kit for adventure photography," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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to make faulty or ineffective

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