Meaning of NEARLY in English

ˈni(ə)rlē, -iəlē, -li adverb

( sometimes -er/-est )

Etymology: near (IV) + -ly

1. : at close range : with careful scrutiny


a. : closely as to relationship, personal connection, or interest

nearly related

: particularly

other things that concerned me more nearly to think of — W.H.Hudson †1922

nearly acquainted

b. : closely as to similarity

nearly identical

two cities … grown to a status so nearly equal — American Guide Series: Minnesota

c. : with an approach to completeness or exactness : approximately

such words are nearly meaningless

lying nearly at right angles

d. archaic : closely as to location

some danger does approach you nearly — Shakespeare

3. : within a little : all but : almost

nearly a year later

nearly a hundred dollars

nearly missed the train

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.