vir·​tu·​al·​ly ˈvər-chə-wə-lē How to pronounce virtually (audio)
: almost entirely : nearly
The project is virtually complete.
Virtually every applicant was overqualified for the job.
: 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.
: by means of a computer or computer network : in a virtual location
The meeting is being held virtually.
They did all their shopping virtually.

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of virtually was circa 1600

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“Virtually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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