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1. nearly

adverb. ['ˈnɪrli'] (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but.

Synonyms

  • most
  • almost
  • near
  • about
  • well-nigh
  • nigh

Antonyms

  • recede
  • go
  • far
  • generous

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • near (English)
  • nere (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Nearly

  • cavalierly
  • sincerely
  • severely
  • austerely
  • clearly
  • yearly
  • myrlie
  • merely
  • dearly
  • bierly
  • bierley

Example sentences of the word nearly


1. Adverb
Half the U.S. population will be over 50 by 2017 and nearly half of those over 60 are single.

Quotes containing the word nearly


1. I'm quite a confident person in many ways, but there's only so much you can hear about being compared to Hattie Jacques. For the record, she was a comedy goddess, but she was 25 stone. I hope I'm right in saying I'm not in any way nearly 25 stone.
- Miranda Hart

2. Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.
- Carl Sandburg

3. Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
- Camille Paglia

2. nearly

adverb. ['ˈnɪrli'] in a close manner.

Synonyms

  • closely

Antonyms

  • natural
  • right

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • near (English)
  • nere (Middle English (1100-1500))
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