[adverb] [not gradable] - almost or not completelyCome on, it's nearly seven (o'clock) already.I can hardly believe it's nearly Christmas again.I've nearly finished that book you lent me.She's nearly as tall as her father now.It was so funny - we nearly died laughing.I nearly asked her where her husband was, but then I remembered that he had left her.I was so annoyed that I nearly said something, but I managed to stop myself.There's not nearly enough (= There is much too little) food for all these people!The problem isn't nearly as bad as it used to be (= it was much worse before).
Meaning of NEARLY in English
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012