nearly

[neer-lee]
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:
1530–40; near + -ly


1. See almost. 4. closely.
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nearly (ˈnɪəlɪ)
 
adv
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 & History

nearly
1530s, "carefully;" sense of "almost, all but" is from 1680s; see near.
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Example sentences
Put into a preserving kettle, and add enough water to nearly cover.
Lobsters taste nearly the same when placed in dripping-pan and baked fifteen
  minutes in hot oven, and are much easier cooked.
Where the second or third stands alone, it is nearly always wrong.
Add one and three-fourths cups tomatoes, and cook until moisture has nearly
  evaporated.
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