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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Indeed now, virtually everyone with a stake in Iran's nuclear capabilities is beginning to reposition itself in the event of a breakdown in the negotiations. David Andelman, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 And at this point virtually everyone agrees that a top priority is keeping kids in school for in-person learning. Rex Huppke,, 7 Jan. 2022 Water shortage is a statewide problem that affects virtually everyone — not just farmers, but many small communities with low-income residents who lack safe drinking water, and industries throughout the state. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 There’s something for virtually everyone already built out on the grounds, too, starting with a six-acre Pinot Noir vineyard for wine enthusiasts. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2022 Connecticut’s indie rock scene has produced quite a few ‘it’ bands that virtually everyone seems to flock to., 26 Dec. 2021 The announcement on Wednesday by the president of the parliamentary election committee, Hadi Al-Sagheer, confirmed what virtually everyone in Libya already knew. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 The coming weeks will help show how the new variant will behave in a massive urban environment where virtually everyone has been vaccinated, and whether its spread will be slowed by São Paulo’s vaccination firewall. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Online dating has become so normalized that there is an app for virtually everyone. Laura Forman, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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“Virtually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of virtually

: very nearly : almost entirely

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