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adverb barely pronunciation in American English /ˈberli/
  1. 1
    used for saying that something almost does not happen or exist, or is almost not possible

    The roads were barely wide enough for two cars to pass.

    There was barely a scratch on his car, but mine was totaled.

    a barely audible whisper

    He was so dizzy he could barely stand.

    barely able to do something:

    He was barely able to see the road in the fog.

  2. 2
    used for emphasizing that something happened only a very short time before something else

    He barely paused before jumping straight into the water.

    The thought had barely come to me before it was gone again.

  3. 3
    used for emphasizing how small an amount is

    He's barely 12 years old.

    They had traveled barely a third of the way.

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