barely


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bare·ly

 (bâr′lē)
adv.
1. By a very little; hardly: could barely see the road in the fog.
2. In a scanty manner; sparsely: a barely furnished room.

barely

(ˈbɛəlɪ)
adv
1. only just; scarcely: barely enough for their needs.
2. informal not quite; nearly: barely old enough.
3. scantily; poorly: barely furnished.
4. archaic openly
Usage: Since barely, hardly, and scarcely already have negative force, it is redundant to use another negative in the same clause: he had barely had (not he hadn't barely had) time to think; there was scarcely any (not scarcely no) bread left

bare•ly

(ˈbɛər li)

adv.
1. scarcely: I had barely enough money.
2. without disguise or concealment; openly.
3. scantily; meagerly.
4. Archaic. merely.
[before 950]
syn: See hardly.
usage: See hardly.

bare

barely
1. 'bare'

Bare is an adjective. If something is bare, it is not covered or decorated with anything.

The room has bare wooden floors.

If a part of the body is bare, it has no clothing.

Meg's feet were bare.
2. 'barely'

Barely is an adverb. It has a totally different meaning from bare. You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible. For example, if you can barely do something, you can only just do it. If something is barely noticeable, you can only just notice it.

It was so dark we could barely see.
His whisper was barely audible.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'not' with barely. Don't say, for example, 'The temperature was not barely above freezing'. You say 'The temperature was barely above freezing'.

Be Careful!
If you use an auxiliary verb or modal with barely, you put the auxiliary verb or modal first. You say, for example, 'He can barely read'. Don't say 'He barely can read'.

The audience could barely hear him.

You can use barely to say that one thing happened immediately after another. For example, you can say 'We had barely started the meal when Jane arrived'.

Be Careful!
You use when or before after barely. Don't use 'than'. Don't say, for example, 'We had barely started the meal than Jane arrived'.

I had barely arrived before he led me to the interview room.
They had barely sat down when they were told to leave.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.barely - only a very short time beforebarely - only a very short time before; "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats
2.barely - in a sparse or scanty waybarely - in a sparse or scanty way; "a barely furnished room"

barely

adverb only just, just, hardly, scarcely, at a push, almost not His voice was barely audible.
completely, amply, fully, profusely

barely

adverb
By a very little; almost not:
Translations
بِالكاد، بالجُهْدلا يُكَادُ
sotva
knapknap nok
hädin tuskin
jedva
naumlega
かろうじて
간신히
komajsamo
knappt
เกือบไม่พอ
chỉ vừa đủ

barely

[ˈbɛəlɪ] ADV
1. (= scarcely) → apenas
he can barely readapenas puede leer
he looked around him with barely concealed horrormiró a su alrededor disimulando apenas su horror
there was barely enough room for all of usapenas había sitio para todos nosotros
there was barely anyone thereallí no había casi nadie
I had barely closed the door when the phone rangapenas había cerrado la puerta cuando sonó el teléfono
2. (= scantily) a barely furnished roomuna habitación escasamente amueblada

barely

[ˈbɛərli] adv (= hardly) [audible, visible, perceptible, concealed] → à peine; [see, hear, notice, remember, touch, stand] → à peine
I could barely hear what she was saying → J'entendais à peine ce qu'elle disait.
He was barely breathing → Il respirait à peine.
She was barely sixteen → Elle avait à peine seize ans.
barely half → à peine la moitié

barely

adv
(= scarcely)kaum; (with figures) → knapp, kaum; we barely know himwir kennen ihn kaum; barely had he started when …kaum hatte er angefangen, als …; barely concealed horrorkaum verhohlenes Entsetzen; she was barely ten years oldsie war kaum or knapp zehn Jahre alt
furnisheddürftig, spärlich

barely

[ˈbɛəlɪ] advappena
they had barely enough money → avevano appena denaro a sufficienza
he was so drunk he could barely stand → era così ubriaco che riusciva a malapena a stare in piedi

bare

(beə) adjective
1. uncovered or naked. bare skin; bare floors.
2. empty. bare shelves.
3. of trees etc, without leaves.
4. worn thin. The carpet is a bit bare.
5. basic; essential. the bare necessities of life.
verb
to uncover. The dog bared its teeth in anger.
ˈbarely adverb
scarcely or only just. We have barely enough food.
ˈbareness noun
ˈbareback adverb, adjective
without a saddle. I enjoy riding bareback.
ˈbarefaced adjective
openly impudent. a barefaced lie.
ˈbarefoot(ed) adjective, adverb
not wearing shoes or socks etc. The children go barefoot on the beach.
ˌbareˈheaded adjective, adverb
not wearing a hat etc.

barely

لا يُكَادُ sotva knap kaum μόλις apenas hädin tuskin à peine jedva appena かろうじて 간신히 nauwelijks såvidt zaledwie mal едва knappt เกือบไม่พอ ucu ucuna chỉ vừa đủ 几乎不能
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But a very great tempest came on, and the ship being in danger of sinking, he threw all his merchandise overboard, and barely escaped with his life in the empty ship.
The machine immediately broke through the massive substructure upon which it was builded, and sank out of sight into the earth, the aeronaut springing out barely in time to save himself.
When he arrived he knocked at the door; but no one answered, and looking at his watch he found it was barely half past nine; he supposed he was too early.
She sold all her property excepting the farm of Toucques and the farm of Geffosses, the income of which barely amounted to 5,000 francs; then she left her house in Saint-Melaine, and moved into a less pretentious one which had belonged to her ancestors and stood back of the market-place.
Suitors are so distasted with delays and abuses, that plain dealing, in denying to deal in suits at first, and reporting the success barely, and in challenging no more thanks than one hath deserved, is grown not only honorable, but also gracious.
Directly opposite the mouth of the river you will see three large islands far out, so far that they are barely discernible, the one to the extreme left as you face them from the mouth of the river is Anoroc, where I rule the tribe of Anoroc.
The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, re- volves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world.
THE column that had butted stoutly at the obstacles in the roadway was barely out of the youth's sight before he saw dark waves of men come sweeping out of the woods and down through the fields.
Accustomed to ease, and unequal to the struggles incident to an infant society, the affluent emigrant was barely enabled to maintain his own rank by the weight of his personal superiority and acquirements; but, the moment that his head was laid in the grave, his indolent and comparatively uneducated offspring were compelled to yield precedency to the more active energies of a class whose exertions had been stimulated by necessity.
Once, during the afternoon, Binu Charley barely missed being impaled in a staked pit that undermined the trail.
Written in red on several succeeding leaves--scrawled as if in haste and barely legible--were the following lines, which Holker read aloud, while his companion continued scanning the dim gray confines of their narrow world and hearing matter of apprehension in the drip of water from every burdened branch:
From even the barely hinted imputation of usurpation, and the possible consequences of such a suppressed impression gaining ground, Ahab must of course have been most anxious to protect himself.