Share this entry

American English: /ˈnɪrli/
British English: /ˈnɪəli/

Translation of nearly in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (almost) I'm nearly ready
    estoy casi listo
    it was nearly midnight
    era casi medianoche
    I nearly said something rude
    casi digo or por poco digo una grosería
    estuve a punto de decir una grosería
    she very nearly died
    por poco or casi se muere
    we're very nearly there
    Example sentences
    • He led me into an alcove and stood close to me, so close our faces were nearly touching.
    • The buildings of New York take quite a beating and nearly disappear in a fusion fireball.
    • He once had a slender girlfriend with a mop of hair and a crooked, pale, nearly pretty face.
    1.2not nearly
    ni con mucho
    the exam wasn't nearly as difficult as I'd expected
    el examen no fue ni con mucho tan difícil como esperaba
    I didn't prepare nearly enough food
    no preparé ni con mucho suficiente comida
    me quedé cortísima con la comida
    her performance isn't nearly good enough
    su actuación no es, ni con mucho, satisfactoria
  • 2 (closely) [formal]what language does Hungarian most nearly resemble?
    ¿a qué idioma se parece más el húngaro?

Definition of nearly in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day mecate
    string …
    Cultural fact of the day

    Opus Dei

    Opus Dei - Latin for "God's Work" - is a Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928. The Opus became very influential in Spanish society, above all by founding schools and universities. The aim was to create an élite which would spread Christian ideals throughout society. The University of Navarre is one of its foremost institutions.