Meaning of “almost” in the English Dictionary

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"almost" in British English

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almostadverb

uk /ˈɔːl.məʊst/ us /ˈɑːl.moʊst/

A2 nearly:

She's almost 30.
It was almost six o'clock when he left.
I almost wish I hadn't invited him.
It'll cost almost as much to repair it as it would to buy a new one.
Almost all the passengers on the ferry were French.
They'll almost certainly forget to do it.
The town was almost entirely destroyed during the war.
We were bitten by mosquitoes almost every night.
The boat sank almost immediately after it had struck the rock.
Most artists find it almost impossible to make a living from art alone.

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  • It took us almost a day to get here.
  • The socialist party have been in office for almost ten years.
  • Her paintings are almost photographic in their detail and accuracy.
  • Tyres are almost always made of rubber.
  • A car suddenly appeared from nowhere and almost made me fall off my pony.

(Definition of “almost” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"almost" in American English

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almostadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɔlˌmoʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst/

nearly but not quite:

It’ll cost almost as much to repair your computer as to buy a new one.
We were bitten by mosquitoes almost every night.

(Definition of “almost” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)