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nearly

adverb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
almost/nearly impossible
▪ He thought that winning would be almost impossible.
almost/nearly/near perfect
▪ His collection included an almost perfect skeleton of an armadillo.
▪ Her performance was near perfect.
not nearly/nowhere near enoughinformal (= much less than you need)
▪ We only had $500, and that was nowhere near enough to buy a new camcorder.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
impossible
▪ Finding new staff is nearly impossible.
▪ Wuhan was in an uproar when they arrived, its streets nearly impossible because of the mobs.
▪ It was nearly impossible to get them to accept a surrender.
▪ It is possible to find safe harbor but nearly impossible to do so without a few blow-ups.
▪ Except in tourist hotels and restaurants, it is nearly impossible to pay with anything over a $ 5 note.
▪ There are long, loose episodes here that are nearly impossible to follow and probably should have been cut.
▪ It is difficult to accept such a change simply on intellectual grounds and nearly impossible to accept its implications.
▪ Domestic long-distance telephone calls often do not connect, and international calls can be nearly impossible.
■ VERB
die
▪ I've nearly died several times, and my back's never been strong.
▪ He got back in the car even though his father Bobby nearly died on a track.
▪ I nearly died too - I was so angry and tired and ill.
▪ I remembered how I had nearly died that night when Shoshana had sent us to the private clinic to guard a corpse.
▪ The old man had put his hands around Berry's neck until he nearly died.
▪ You nearly died, and you might not be so lucky next time.
▪ I nearly died when I saw them.
▪ In 1998, he was hospitalized twice for it and said later he nearly died that fall.
double
▪ Average incomes have nearly doubled, from $ 1,300 to $ 2,500.
▪ Cover and let rise about 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size.
▪ Illustrated fundamental problem of ownership-nearly doubles journeys made.
▪ With this aspect behind it, applications shot up, nearly doubling the number of EMs in the program.
▪ Tadpole Technology grabbed the limelight, up another 8p at 143p and nearly double its 75p offer price.
▪ It nearly doubled his monthly wage, from $ 3. 75 to $ 6. 50.
▪ Vehicle thefts have nearly doubled in two years.
▪ Everyone was polite, cordial, and nearly doubled up with pain.
fall
▪ Alejandro nearly fell off his seat.
▪ That he nearly fell backward off the railing when he heard her plan was no surprise.
▪ My legs are a bit wobbly and I nearly fall over.
▪ While Nikon shares fell nearly 3 percent, Nikkodo shares jumped more than 11 percent.
▪ The revolver nearly fell from my hands, and my whole body froze with fear.
▪ My grandfather beat my father till his skin nearly fell Off, but my father always said his father saved his life.
▪ Well, I nearly fell off, that's all, and it gave me foot a bit of a twinge.
▪ The High Seas Summit, as the press dubbed it, nearly fell through two days before it was to occur.
kill
▪ Thrift has nearly killed her on several occasions, through the agency of old sausages, slow-punctured tyres, rusty blades.
▪ He got back in the car even though he was nearly killed and partially blinded by a wreck in 1994.
▪ It was hot: it would nearly kill you.
▪ My husband was nearly killed because of a drunk driver.
▪ Having the twins nearly killed her.
▪ Britt becomes involved after she witnesses a carjacking that claims the life of a toddler and nearly kills his mother.
▪ And all because that terrible man got away that night, after he'd nearly killed Brett.
▪ In 1990, streptococcal toxic shock nearly killed Jessica Esquivel, then 6, of Imperial Beach.
lose
▪ He lost nearly all his money.
▪ Yosemite Concession Services says it is losing nearly $ 150, 000 in gross revenue each day the park is closed.
▪ He was lucky to be alive, he said. Nearly lost him, he said.
▪ Between 1991 and 1994, Digital lost nearly $ 6 billion.
▪ But he lost nearly all the glow of affection and respect in which he had retired.
▪ The seven companies expect to lose nearly half the money they lent after selling collateral held on the nonperforming debt.
▪ It has lost nearly all its muscles and become thin and whip-like, sometimes with a poisonous spine at the end.
▪ Yes; you nearly lost your youth.
spend
▪ In school we are spending nearly half as much again, in real terms per pupil, as in 1979.
▪ California has to spend nearly $ 2 billion a year educating undocumented children.
▪ He did better junior year, despite the fact that he spent nearly all of it arguing with the priests.
▪ You could spend nearly the whole day watching nothing but nature documentaries, and if you did you would emerge exhausted.
▪ Over the next three years, we are committed to spend nearly £6,000 million through the Housing Corporation to provide 153,000 homes.
▪ Real fans can look forward to spending nearly $ 200 for a family of four to park and watch a three-hour game.
▪ In her short career keep-fit fanatic Lesley has had to spend nearly nine months off duty recovering from her injuries.
▪ Rivas has spent nearly half his 48 years incarcerated.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
I nearly died/I could have died
I nearly/almost fainted
▪ She wrote: I almost fainted when I read your letter, confronted by that terrible mistake I had made.
▪ These were removed and - oh, sweet Lord, I nearly fainted!
pretty nearly
▪ This can be the case with ivory, which is pretty nearly tooth material.
sb nearly/almost fell off their chair
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He's nearly six feet tall.
▪ I nearly died from salmonella poisoning.
▪ Oh, my goodness, it's nearly 12:30.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Alas, it was not nearly so simple, and many more complex problems remained to be solved.
▪ He was nearly at the feeding-ground now.
▪ He was wearing pale blue brushed denim pants and a pale blue shirt that made his blue eyes look nearly luminous.
▪ Last summer nearly saw the second ascent of Ken's Fisherman's Tale by a visiting climber.
▪ Porter Payne would drop by nearly every day to see how things were going.
▪ The blizzard also nearly froze secondary trading, participants said.
▪ The trouble is that anything you do, nomatterwhat, will nearly always increase the muscular tension and make the situation worse.
WordNet

nearly

  1. adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees" [syn: about, just about, almost, most, all but, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh]

  2. in a close manner; "the two phenomena are intimately connected"; "the person most nearly concerned" [syn: closely, intimately]

Wikipedia

Nearly

Nearly (often stylised as NearLY) is the solo musical project of former Nine Inch Nails drummer, Jerome Dillon. Dillon plays most of the music himself. The 2005 debut release is entitled Reminder. Claudia Sarne (of 12 Rounds) contributes the vocals.

Jerome is currently in the studio with engineer/programmer Joshua Kincheloe working on the follow-up to reminder.

Wiktionary

nearly

adv. 1 (label en now rare) With great scrutiny; carefully. (from 16th c.) 2 With close relation; intimately. (from 16th c.) 3 closely, in close proximity. (from 16th c.) 4 In close approximation; almost, virtually. (from 17th c.)

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nearly

Nearly \Near"ly\, adv. In a near manner; not remotely; closely; intimately; almost; as, he nearly lost his life in the accident.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

nearly

1530s, "carefully;" sense of "almost, all but" is from 1680s; see near + -ly (2).

Usage examples of "nearly".

Why, Abigail could best nearly any boy in the county at what were deemed masculine pursuits: hunting, riding and climbing trees.

If we only consider the mean or average effect in orbits nearly circular, this force may be considered as an ablatitious force at all distances below the mean, counterbalanced by an opposite effect at all distances above the mean.

The purpose of my visit, and the frightful abnormalities it postulated struck at me all at once with a chill sensation that nearly over-balanced my ardour for strange delvings.

Nearly every item that came aboard was subject to a gentle touch of his hand before being taken below.

For instance, as dust and gas from the outer layers of nearby ordinary stars fall toward the event horizon of a black hole, they are accelerated to nearly the speed of light.

His accent was neutral, the nearly universal English of non-Russian officers in the CoDominium Service, and it marked his profession almost as certainly as did his posture and the tone of command.

He was nearly sixty, a thorough disciple of Epicurus, a heavy player, rich, eloquent, a master of state-craft, highly popular at Genoa, and well acquainted with the hearts of men, and still more so with the hearts of women.

Nearly a month of unrelieved campaigning up through the inhospitable mountains had given them the look of ruffiansmostly unwashed, untrimmed and unshaven, showy with gaudy bits of looted Ahrmehnee finery, acrawl with vermin.

Leichtenstern cites a case of a mamma on the left shoulder nearly under the insertion of the deltoid, and Klob speaks of an acromial accessory mamma situated on the shoulder over the greatest prominence of the deltoid.

I know that life is andante and presto and adagio, all entwined, a fugue of sorts, the promise and the sadness often separated by mere moments, tragedy and serenity not nearly so discrete as I once believed.

Today, nearly everything you see around you is descended from those adaptable ones.

Alfalfa has special adaptation for mountain valleys of the entire West, but it will also grow in good form in parts of all, or nearly all, the other States.

For the strict materiality of the fire of hell we might adduce volumes of authorities from nearly every province of the Church.

Those will last for nearly a generation and are, admittedly, easier to fix.

He noted distances from friendly forts, fuel supplies, possible landing areas and traced the known route of the escaping Afghanis to the last known point nearly half-way along the Khyber.