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adverb nearly pronunciation in British English /ˈnɪə(r)li/
  1. 1
    almost, or near to a particular amount of time, money, people, or things

    It took nearly six hours to download this software.

    They’ve spent nearly four million pounds.

    Nearly 1,600 people were evacuated.

    nearly all:

    Frost killed nearly all the flowers.

  2. 2
    informal used for saying that you felt like doing something but did not

    We nearly went to the concert, but we were both too tired.


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