Meaning of “nearly” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb uk us /ˈnɪəli/

A2 almost:

It's nearly three weeks since I last saw her.
Nearly all the food had gone when I arrived.
She nearly drowned when she was eight.
I'll be with you in a minute - I've nearly finished.
not nearly (as/so)

a lot less:

It's not nearly as expensive as I thought.
There are not nearly enough jobs to go round.

(Definition of “nearly” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)