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English definition of “nearly”

nearly

adverb [not gradable]    /ˈnɪər·li/
almost but not quite ; close to: I’ve nearly finished that book you lent me. She’s nearly as tall as her father now. The problem isn’t nearly as bad as you think .
(Definition of nearly adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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