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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 from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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