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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
1530-1540
1530-40; near + -ly
Synonyms
1. See almost. 4. closely.
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  • Put into a preserving kettle, and add enough water to nearly cover.
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  • 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.
  • Fruit and vegetables should be fresh, free from decay, and as nearly uniform in shape and state of ripeness as is possible.
  • We had made nearly sixteen kilometres in a direction slightly east of north.
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  • Each is directed across the crus of the diaphragm, so as to form nearly a right angle with the aorta.
  • The nerves which form it are nearly equal in size, but their mode of communication is subject to some variation.
  • Over our lifetime nearly one half of us suffer from such disorders.
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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