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almost

Syllabification: al·most
Pronunciation: /ˈôlˌmōst
 
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Definition of almost in English:

adverb

Not quite; very nearly: he almost knocked Georgina over Rachel laughed, almost apologetically the place was almost empty it will eat almost anything the storm was almost upon them
More example sentences
  • That's the gem that one of her pet dogs almost ate when she lost it in a hotel room.
  • A guy made a dash for the train door and the door almost closed but he pried it open.
  • I gave him a bone off of one of the plates earlier as a reward and he almost ate the whole thing.
Synonyms
nearly, (just) about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, close to, near, not quite, roughly, not far from, for all intents and purposes;
approaching, bordering on, verging on
informal pretty near, pretty nearly, pretty much, pretty well
literary well-nigh, nigh on

Origin

Old English æl mǣst 'for the most part' (see all, most).

Words that rhyme with almost

northernmost • downmost

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