Almost
Almost Al"most ([add]l"m[=o]st), adv. [AS. ealm[ae]st, [ae]lm[ae]st, quite the most, almost all; eal (OE. al) all + m?st most.] Nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part. [1913 Webster]

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. --Acts xxvi. 28. [1913 Webster]

{Almost never}, hardly ever; scarcely ever.

{Almost nothing}, scarcely anything. [1913 Webster]


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  • almost — • During the next week Morel s temper was almost unbearable D. H. Lawrence, 1913. Almost has a special role in diluting or ‘downgrading’ adjectives and adverbs that express an extreme, as if the user wants to keep the notion at arm s length or to …   Modern English usage

  • almost — I adverb approximately, close to, nearly, on the brink of, on the verge of, scarcely, within sight of II index approximate, quasi Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • almost — (adv.) O.E. eallmæst nearly all, for the most part, lit. mostly all; see ALL (Cf. all) + MOST (Cf. most). Modern form from 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • almost — *nearly, approximately, well nigh …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • almost — [adv] nearly, very nearly about, about to, all but, approximately, around, as good as, bordering on, close to, close upon, essentially, for all practical purposes, for the greatest part, in effect, in the neighborhood of, in the vicinity of, just …   New thesaurus

  • almost — ► ADVERB ▪ very nearly. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • almost — [ôl′mōst΄, ôl mōst′] adv. [OE eallmæst: see ALL & MOST] very nearly but not completely; all but …   English World dictionary

  • almost — adverb very nearly but not completely: We ve almost finished. | We stayed there for almost a week. | almost every: They sold almost everything. | almost all: Almost all the children here speak two languages. | an almost impossible task | wines… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • almost — al|most [ ɔlmoust ] adverb *** nearly but not completely: Are you ready? Almost! I m just putting my shoes on. It s almost a year since she died. The baby s almost walking now. almost all: Almost all of the students here are from South America.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • almost */*/*/ — UK [ˈɔːlməʊst] / US [ˈɔlmoʊst] adverb nearly but not completely Are you ready? Almost! I m just putting my shoes on. It s almost a year since she died. The baby s almost walking now. almost all: Almost all of the students here are from South… …   English dictionary

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