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 (ôl′mōst′, ôl-mōst′)
Slightly short of; not quite; nearly: almost time to go; was almost asleep; had almost finished. See Usage Note at none.

[Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst : eall, all; see all + mǣst, most; see most.]


little short of being; very nearly


(ˈɔl moʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst)

very nearly; all but: almost every house; to pay almost nothing for a car.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English (e)almāst, variant of æl mǣst; see all, most]


1. when you can use 'almost' or 'nearly'

Almost and nearly both mean 'not completely' or 'not quite'. They can be used in front of adjectives or noun phrases, or with verbs.

Dinner is almost ready.
We're nearly ready now.
I spent almost a month in China.
He worked there for nearly five years.
Jenny almost fainted.
He nearly died.

Almost and nearly can also be used in front of some time adverbials such as every morning and every day, and in front of some place adverbials such as there.

We go swimming almost every evening.
I drive to work nearly every day.
We are almost there.
I think we are nearly there.

If it is almost or nearly a particular time, it will be that time soon.

It was almost 10 p.m.
It's nearly dinner-time.
2. when you use 'almost'

Don't use 'nearly' in front of adverbs ending in '-ly'. You should use almost in front of these adverbs.

She said it almost angrily.
Your boss is almost certainly there.

You can say that one thing is almost like another. Don't say that one thing is 'nearly like' another.

It made me feel almost like a mother.

You can use almost in front of negative words such as never, no, none, no-one, nothing, and nowhere.

He almost never visits.
She speaks almost no English.

Don't use 'nearly' in front of negative words like these.

3. when you use 'nearly'

You can use nearly after not to emphasize a negative statement. For example, instead of saying 'The room is not big enough', you can say 'The room is not nearly big enough'.

It's not nearly as nice.
We don't do nearly enough to help.

Don't use 'almost' after not like this.

You can use very or so in front of nearly.

We were very nearly at the end of our journey.
She so nearly won the championship.

Don't use 'almost' with very or so.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.almost - (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees"


adverb nearly, about, approaching, close to, virtually, practically, roughly, all but, just about, not quite, on the brink of, not far from, approximately, well-nigh, as good as The couple had been dating for almost three years.


Near to in quantity or amount:
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[ˈɔːlməʊst] ADVcasi
it's almost finished/readycasi está terminado/listo
it's almost midnightya es casi medianoche
he almost certainly will wincasi seguro que gana
he almost fellcasi se caepor poco no se cae
I had almost forgotten about itcasi lo olvidopor poco no lo olvido
we're almost thereestamos a punto de llegar, ya nos falta poco para llegar
"have you finished?" - "almost"-¿has acabado? -casi


[ˈɔːlməʊst] advpresque
almost impossible → presque impossible
to almost do sth
I've almost finished → J'ai presque fini.
He almost fell → Il est presque tombé.
BUT Il a failli tomber.
almost a month → presque un mois
almost 5 kilometres → presque cinq kilomètres
almost all → presque tout
almost as big as ... → presque aussi grand(e) que ...
almost certainly → presque sûrement
almost immediately → presque immédiatement


advfast, beinahe; he almost feller wäre fast gefallen; she’ll almost certainly comesie kommt ziemlich sicher


[ˈɔːlməʊst] advquasi
he almost fell → per poco non è caduto


(ˈoːlməust) adverb
nearly but not quite. She is almost five years old; She almost fell under a moving car.


تَقْرِيباً téměř næsten fast σχεδόν casi melkein presque skoro quasi ほとんど 거의 bijna nesten prawie quase почти nästan เกือบจะ neredeyse gần như 几乎


adv. casi, cerca de, alrededor de.
References in classic literature ?
She liked the `Laurence boy' better than ever and took several good looks at him, so that she might describe him to the girls, for they had no brothers, very few male cousins, and boys were almost unknown creatures to them.
Some were amusing, some almost beautiful, and one, a woman all drawn out of shape, hurt the old man by her grotesqueness.
I can imagine almost any one, seeing I know something of what you have done.
He seemed to us an experienced and worldly man who had been almost everywhere; in his conversation he threw out lightly the names of distant states and cities.
Of late years the Manilla rope has in the American fishery almost entirely superseded hemp as a material for whale-lines; for, though not so durable as hemp, it is stronger, and far more soft and elastic; and I will add (since there is an aesthetics in all things), is much more handsome and becoming to the boat, than hemp.
But in life --as we have elsewhere seen --this inclined plane is angularly filled up, and almost squared by the enormous superincumbent mass of the junk and sperm.
Colonel Lloyd kept a large and finely cultivated garden, which afforded almost constant employment for four men, besides the chief gardener, (Mr.
Dixon, a young man, rich and agreeable, almost as soon as they were acquainted; and was eligibly and happily settled, while Jane Fairfax had yet her bread to earn.
I thank you, ma'am, sincerely thank you," said Marianne, with warmth: "your invitation has insured my gratitude for ever, and it would give me such happiness, yes, almost the greatest happiness I am capable of, to be able to accept it.
Just then she heard feet almost running down the corridor and her door opened and the nurse came in.
Except on the crown, which was raggedly bald, he had stiff, black hair, standing jaggedly all over it, and growing down hill almost to his broad, blunt nose.
About the beginning of the sixteenth century arose a Moor near the Cape of Gardafui, who, by the assistance of the forces sent him from Moca by the Arabs and Turks, conquered almost all Abyssinia, and founded the kingdom of Adel.