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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Cantona was virtually unplayable for large parts of his Old Trafford career and during the 1995/96 title run-in in particular scored five winning goals in crucial 1-0 victories., "Sir Alex Ferguson: The Manchester United Legend's All-Time Best XI," 16 Aug. 2019 Unlike the current land prices in San Diego today, this piece of property was virtually worthless in the 1990s. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once a broke surfer, this San Diego entrepreneur built dream life on an $800 investment," 16 Aug. 2019 The decline has been exacerbated by a confluence of factors, above all baseball’s emphasis on velocity and spin rate, characteristics that are virtually absent from a knuckleball. Matthew Gutierrez, The Denver Post, "The knuckleball is quickly going extinct in MLB," 15 Aug. 2019 That net approval rating remains virtually unchanged since the midterm elections. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Trump to kick off New Hampshire campaign with Thursday visit," 15 Aug. 2019 Nevertheless, Apple’s incalculable debt to the U.S. government has not deterred it from employing virtually every subterfuge at its disposal to duck applicable tax levies. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Plot (Part 2)," 15 Aug. 2019 Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral sports The Phoenix Mercury have been without one of their Big Three virtually all season. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Brittney Griner suspension: Phoenix Mercury loses two of Big 3 for next three games," 13 Aug. 2019 But when Apple locked my account, all of my devices became virtually unusable. Luke Kurtis, Quartz, "Apple locked me out of its walled garden. It was a nightmare," 13 Aug. 2019 IdealFuture had posted reams of 3D models but virtually no pictures of actual hardware — a practice that Kickstarter had banned two years earlier, but Indiegogo had not. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," 13 Aug. 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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of or relating to the heavens

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