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English definition of “scarcely”

scarcely

adverb (ONLY JUST)    /ˈskeəs.li/ US  /ˈskers-/
C2 (literary scarce) only just or almost not: I was scarcely able to move my arm after the accident. I could scarcely believe it when she said she wanted to marry me.Merely and barelyAlmost used to say that something happened immediately after something else happened: I had scarcely sat down/Scarcely had I sat down to eat when the phone rang.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behindCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happen Grammar:ScarcelyScarcely means ‘almost not at all’. It is quite formal. It usually comes in the normal mid position for adverbs (between the subject and the main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb):See more
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