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nearly

adverb uk   /ˈnɪə.li/ us    /ˈnɪr-/
A2 almost, or not completely: It's been nearly three months since my last haircut. I've nearly finished that book you lent me. She's nearly as tall as her father now. They'd eaten nearly everything. It was so funny - we nearly died laughing.not nearly as/so C1 a lot less: She's not nearly as beautiful as you said she was. My cold isn't nearly so bad as it was.not nearly enough much less than you want or need: There's not nearly enough food for all these people!
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in Korean 거의…
in Arabic تَقْريبًا…
in Portuguese quase…
in Catalan gairebé…
in Japanese ほとんど…
in Italian quasi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幾乎,差不多,將近…
in Russian почти, чуть не…
in Turkish hemen hemen, neredeyse…
in Chinese (Simplified) 几乎,差不多,将近…
in Polish prawie, niemal…
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