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English definition of “hardly”


adverb     /ˈhɑːdli/
NOT MUCH B1 almost not, or only a very small amount : I was so tired that I could hardly walk . We've hardly ever spoken to each other. There's hardly any food left in the fridge .Merely and barelyAlmost
NOT LIKELY B2 used to emphasize that you think something is not likely , true , possible , etc : I hardly think she'll want to talk to me now that I have a new girlfriend .Impossible and improbable
(Definition of hardly adverb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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