nearly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “nearly” in the English Dictionary

"nearly" in British English

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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 ​diedlaughing.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)
Translations of “nearly”
in Arabic تَقْريبًا…
in Korean 거의…
in Portuguese quase…
in Catalan gairebé…
in Japanese ほとんど…
in Chinese (Simplified) 几乎,差不多,将近…
in Turkish hemen hemen, neredeyse…
in Russian почти, чуть не…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幾乎,差不多,將近…
in Italian quasi…
in Polish prawie, niemal…
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