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English definition of “nearly”

nearly

adverb uk   /ˈnɪə.li/ us    /ˈnɪr-/
A2 almost, or not completely: It's been nearly three months since my last haircut. I've nearly finished that book you lent me. She's nearly as tall as her father now. They'd eaten nearly everything. It was so funny - we nearly died laughing.AlmostMerely and barely not nearly as/so C1 a lot less: She's not nearly as beautiful as you said she was. My cold isn't nearly so bad as it was.Yes, no and not not nearly enough much less than you want or need: There's not nearly enough food for all these people!Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of nearly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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