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Meaning of “scarcely” in the English Dictionary

"scarcely" in British English

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scarcelyadverb

uk   /ˈskeəs.li/  us   /ˈskers-/
  • scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)

C2 almost not: I was scarcely ​able to ​move my ​arm after the ​accident. I could scarcely believe it when she said she ​wanted to ​marry me. used to say that something ​happenedimmediately after something ​elsehappened: I had scarcely ​sat down/Scarcely had I ​sat down to ​eat when the ​phonerang.
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  • scarcely adverb (NOT)

certainly not: I'd scarcely have done it if I didn't ​think it was ​absolutelynecessary! He's only two - you can scarcely ​blame him for ​behavingbadly.
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(Definition of scarcely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scarcely" in American English

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scarcelyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈskeərs·li/
only just or ​almost not: I could scarcely move my ​arm after the ​accident.
fml certainly not: He would scarcely have ​broken it on ​purpose.
(Definition of scarcely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scarcely”
in Arabic قَلَّما…
in Korean 거의-하지 않는…
in Portuguese quase não, mal, apenas…
in Catalan a penes…
in Japanese かろうじて…
in Chinese (Simplified) 刚刚, 勉强, 几乎不…
in Turkish ancak, hemen hemen hiç, henüz…
in Russian едва…
in Chinese (Traditional) 剛剛, 勉強, 幾乎不…
in Italian appena…
in Polish zaledwie…
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