Meaning of “practically” in the English Dictionary

"practically" in British English

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practicallyadverb

uk /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˈpræk.tɪ.kəl.i/

practically adverb (NEARLY)

B2 almost or very nearly:

She blamed me for practically every mistake in the report.
These changes would cost us practically nothing.
It's practically impossible for me to get home in less than an hour.
They used to argue all the time and now they've practically stopped talking to each other.

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  • Her blouse was practically transparent!
  • I attended practically every lecture and seminar when I was a student.
  • She'll walk the interview - the job is practically hers already.
  • I visit Mum and Dad practically every day.
  • These two dresses are practically identical.

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

"practically" in American English

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practicallyadverb

us /ˈpræk·tɪ·kli/

practically adverb (ALMOST)

[ not gradable ] almost or very nearly:

Practically everybody will be at the party.
It’s practically impossible to get home in less than an hour.

practically adverb (EFFECTIVELY)

in a way that fits the needs of a particular situation:

Many people have offered help, but there’s little they can practically do.

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