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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɪəli/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɪɹli/
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈniːɹli/
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- Rhymes: (Received Pronunciation) -ɪəli, (General American) -ɪɹli, (Scotland) -iːɹli
- In close approximation; almost, virtually. [from 17th c.]
- Synonym: (obsolete) environ
- He left a nearly full beer on the bar.
- I nearly didn't go to work yesterday.
- He was (so/very) nearly caught.
- 2013 May-June, Kevin Heng, “Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily?”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, archived from the original on 9 May 2013, page 184:
- In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter.
- (now rare) With great scrutiny; carefully. [from 16th c.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 1, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book III, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:
- And whosoever hath traced mee and nearely [translating de pres] looked into my humours, Ile loose a good wager if hee confesse not that there is no rule in their schoole, could, a midde such crooked pathes and divers windings, square and report this naturall motion, and maintaine an apparance of liberty and licence so equall and inflexible […] .
- With close relation; intimately. [from 16th c.]
- 1837, The Dublin University Magazine:
- She could have joined most comfortably in all their supposings, and suspicions, and doubts, and prognostications, but the honour of the family was too nearly concerned to allow free reins to her tongue.
- 1847 March 30, Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; […], London: John Murray, […], →OCLC:
- [H]e was also accounted a man of wealth, and was nearly related to a high chief.
- Closely, in close proximity. [from 16th c.]
almost, but not quite
- “nearly”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.