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.

Example Sentences

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 20 Mar. 2023.

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