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[neer-lee] /ˈnɪər li/
adverb
1.
all but; almost:
nearly dead with cold.
2.
with close approximation:
a nearly perfect likeness.
3.
with close agreement or resemblance:
a plan nearly like our own.
4.
with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately:
nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
Origin of nearly
1530-1540
1530-40; near + -ly
Synonyms
1. See almost. 4. closely.
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  • Some of these adventurous men have been nearly frozen to death.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • I've wasted nearly three hours here now, dilly-dallying along.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But it was nearly two weeks before Jim talked with Pen again.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • In his pocket there were nearly two hundred dollars, not likely to be of any service to him.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Savile did not say a single word until they nearly reached home.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
British Dictionary definitions for nearly

nearly

/ˈnɪəlɪ/
adverb
1.
not quite; almost; practically
2.
not nearly, nowhere near; not at all: not nearly enough money
3.
closely: the person most nearly concerned
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Word Origin and History for nearly
adv.

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

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