Meaning of “nearly” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /ˈnɪəli/
Extra Examples
I'm nearly ready - just give me a few minutes.Women make up nearly 50% of medical school entrants.She waited outside his room for nearly two hours.I nearly died of boredom.It was due to start at ten, but in actual fact, it didn't begin until nearly eleven.

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)