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1. Almost but not quite: The coat nearly fits.
2. In a close manner; intimately: a matter nearly affecting our interests.
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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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(ˈnɪər li)

1. all but; almost: nearly dead with cold; a plan nearly like our own.
2. with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness.
3. with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately.
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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.

Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.nearly - (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"
2.nearly - in a close manner; "the two phenomena are intimately connected"; "the person most nearly concerned"
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1. practically, about, almost, near, close to, virtually, next to, all but, just about, not quite, more or less, pretty well (informal), bordering on, not far from, as good as, verging on, not far off, well-nigh, nigh on, pretty nearly (informal) The beach was nearly empty.
2. almost, about, approaching, roughly, just about, approximately, nigh on It was already nearly eight o'clock.
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Near to in quantity or amount:
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[ˈnɪəlɪ] ADV
1. (= almost) → casi
it's nearly three o'clockson casi las tres
she's nearly 40tiene casi 40 años
it was nearly darkera casi de noche
I've nearly finishedcasi he terminado
I nearly fell overcasi me caigo
she was nearly as tall as he wasera casi tan alta como él
we are nearly therecasi hemos llegado
I nearly lost itcasi lo pierdo, por poco lo pierdo
very nearlycasi
he (very) nearly succeededestuvo a punto de conseguirlo
2. (with negative) not nearlyni con mucho, ni mucho menos
these drugs are not nearly as effective as the othersestos medicamentos no son ni con mucho or ni mucho menos tan eficaces como los otros
that's not nearly enougheso no es ni mucho menos suficiente
your work isn't nearly good enoughtu trabajo no es ni con mucho satisfactorio
it's not nearly readyfalta mucho para que esté listo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈnɪərli] adv
(= almost) → presque
Dinner's nearly ready → Le dîner est presque prêt.
I'm nearly 15 → J'ai presque quinze ans.
It was nearly dark → Il faisait presque nuit.
The beach was nearly empty → La plage était presque déserte.
She was nearly in tears
BUT Elle était au bord des larmes.
nearly as ... as ... → presque aussi ... que ...
You're nearly as tall as I am → Tu es presque aussi grand que moi.
She was nearly as tall as he was → Elle était presque aussi grande que lui.
nearly always → presque toujours
nearly an hour → presque une heure
I've been waiting for nearly an hour → J'attends depuis presque une heure.
Brody had been sitting there for nearly an hour → Brody était resté assis là pendant presque une heure.
nearly there
You're nearly there → Tu y es presque.
to nearly do sth → faillir faire qch
I nearly ... → j'ai failli ...
I nearly fell → J'ai failli tomber.
I nearly missed the train → J'ai failli rater le train.
I very nearly ... → j'ai bien failli ...
I very nearly fell → J'ai bien failli tomber.
I've nearly ... → j'ai presque ...
I've nearly finished → J'ai presque fini.
(= far from)
It's not nearly big enough → Ce n'est vraiment pas assez grand., C'est loin d'être assez grand.
The film isn't nearly as good as the book → Le film est loin d'être aussi bon que le livre.near miss n
[planes] → quasi-collision f
Most near misses in the air are caused by pilot error → La plupart des quasi-collisions sont dues à des erreurs de pilotage.
(when aiming)coup m manqué de peu
(in competition) (= near-victory) → quasi-victoire f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= almost)beinahe, fast; I nearly laughedich hätte fast or beinahe gelacht; she was nearly crying or in tearssie war den Tränen nahe; we are nearly there (at a place) → wir sind fast da; (with a job) → wir sind fast so weit; he very nearly drowneder wäre um ein Haar ertrunken
not nearlybei Weitem nicht, nicht annähernd; not nearly enoughbei Weitem nicht genug
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈnɪəlɪ] adv
a. (gen) → quasi
not nearly → non... affatto
it's not nearly ready → non è affatto pronto
that's not nearly enough → non basta per niente
b. (with vb) I nearly lost itper poco non lo perdevo
she was nearly crying → era lì lì per piangere
he very nearly died → ha rischiato di morire
did you win? - very nearly! → hai vinto? - c'è mancato poco!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(niə) adjective
1. not far away in place or time. The station is quite near; Christmas is getting near.
2. not far away in relationship. He is a near relation.
1. to or at a short distance from here or the place mentioned. He lives quite near.
2. (with to) close to. Don't sit too near to the window.
at a very small distance from (in place, time etc). She lives near the church; It was near midnight when they arrived.
to come near (to). The roads became busier as they neared the town; as evening was nearing.
ˈnearly adverb
not far from; almost. nearly one o'clock; He has nearly finished.
ˈnearness noun
nearby (niəˈbai) adverb
close to here or the place mentioned. He lives nearby; a cottage with a stream running nearby.
ˈnearside adjective
(of the side of a vehicle etc) furthest from the centre of the road.
ˌnear-ˈsighted adjective
a near miss
something that is almost a hit, success etc.
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تَقْرِيباً skoro næsten beinahe σχεδόν casi melkein presque skoro quasi ほとんど 거의 bijna nesten prawie quase почти nästan เกือบ hemen hemen gần như 几乎
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