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for the most part; almost completely; just about: He was virtually scared out of his wits. [Literally, like virtually, is widely used as an intensifier meaning “in effect,” which contradicts the earlier meaning of “actually, without exaggeration.” Virtually is often used to mean “actually” when its definition is “for practical purposes though not in name.”]
Not to be confused with:
actually – an actual or existing fact; really; genuinely, without exaggeration: The deceased was actually frightened to death.
literally – in a literal manner; word for word: literally translated; actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The platoon was literally wiped out in the explosion.
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1. In fact or to all purposes; practically: The city was virtually paralyzed by the transit strike.
2. Almost but not quite; nearly: "Virtually everyone gets a headache now and then" (People).
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in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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vir•tu•al•ly(ˈvɜr tʃu ə li)
for the most part; almost wholly; just about.
usage: See literally.
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|Adv.||1.||virtually - in essence or effect but not in fact; "the strike virtually paralyzed the city"; "I'm virtually broke"|
|2.||virtually - (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"|
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adverb practically, almost, nearly, in effect, in essence, as good as, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, for all practical purposes, effectually After the divorce she was left virtually penniless.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
mere eller mindre
eiginlega; òví sem næst
virtually[ˈveːtjʊəlɪ] ADV → prácticamente
it is virtually impossible to do anything → es prácticamente imposible hacer nada
it virtually destroyed the building → destruyó prácticamente el edificio
I've virtually finished the work → casi he terminado el trabajo
he started with virtually nothing → empezó prácticamente or casi sin nada
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
virtually[ˈvɜːrtʃuəli] adv (= almost) → pratiquement
virtually all → pratiquement tout(e)
it is virtually impossible → c'est virtuellement impossiblevirtual memory n → mémoire f virtuellevirtual reality
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
virtually[ˈvɜːtjʊəlɪ] adv (in effect) → di fatto; (to all intents and purposes) → praticamente
she virtually runs the business → di fatto è lei che gestisce l'azienda
it is virtually impossible to do anything → è praticamente impossibile fare qualcosa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
more or less, though not strictly speaking; in effect. He was virtually penniless. so te sê, feitlik فِعْلِيّا на практика virtualmente prakticky eigentlich mere eller mindre σχεδόν, κατ' ουσίαν prácticamente niisama hästi kui, tegelikult تقریباً؛ کمابیش käytännöllisesti katsoen pratiquementלמעשה, כמעט लगभग वास्तव में नहीं praktično jóformán kurang lebih eiginlega; því sem næst praticamente 事実上 사실상 faktiškai, tiesą sakant faktiski; īstenībā hampir-hampir vrijwelpraktisk talt, i realitetenwłaściwie په رښتيانو، په حقيقت كې virtualmente aproape фактически vskutku, vlastne, prakticky dejansko skoro praktiskt taget, så gott som อย่างเเท้จริง hemen hemen, neredeyse 差不多 фактично; реально حقيقت ميں، اصلاً thực sự 差不多
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