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barelyadverb

uk   /ˈbeə.li/ us   /ˈber.li/
B2 by the smallest amount: They have barely enough (= no more than what is needed) to pay the rent this month. She was barely (= only just) 15 when she won her first championship.

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barelyadverb [not gradable]

us   /ˈbeər·li/
by the smallest amount; only just: There was barely enough room for the two of them. The dark line of the mountains was barely visible against the night sky.
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Translations of “barely”
in Arabic بِالْكاد…
in Korean 간신히…
in Portuguese apenas, mal…
in Catalan amb prou feines…
in Japanese かろうじて, わずかに…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仅, 刚好, 几乎没有…
in Turkish hemen hemen, ancak, sadece…
in Russian едва…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僅, 剛好, 幾乎沒有…
in Italian appena…
in Polish ledwie, ledwo…
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