Meaning of “barely” in the English Dictionary


"barely" in English

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uk /ˈbeə.li/ us /ˈ

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

"barely" in American English

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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.

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