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[neer-lee] /ˈnɪər li/

all but; almost:
nearly dead with cold.
with close approximation:
a nearly perfect likeness.
with close agreement or resemblance:
a plan nearly like our own.
with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately:
nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
not quite; almost; practically
not nearly, nowhere near; not at all: not nearly enough money
closely: the person most nearly concerned

1530s, “carefully;” sense of “almost, all but” is from 1680s; see near + -ly (2).


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