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English definition of “hardly”

hardly

adverb (ONLY JUST)    /ˈhɑːd.li/ US  /ˈhɑːrd-/
B1 only just; almost not: I could hardly hear her at the back. The party had hardly started when she left . He hardly ate anything/He ate hardly anything. We hardly ever (= almost never) go to concerts . Hardly had a moment passed before the door creaked open .Merely and barelyAlmost Grammar:HardlyHardly is an adverb.Grammar:Hardly ever, rarely, scarcely, seldom
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