Meaning of “nearly” in the English Dictionary

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"nearly" in British English

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nearlyadverb

uk /ˈnɪə.li/ us /ˈnɪr.li/

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.
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.
not nearly enough

much less than you want or need:

There's not nearly enough food for all these people!

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

"nearly" in American English

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nearlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈnɪər·li/

almost but not quite; close to:

I’ve nearly finished that book you lent me.
She’s nearly as tall as her father now.
The problem isn’t nearly as bad as you think.

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