almost

  • 1 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

  • 2 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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

  • 4 almost as — index quasi Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 almost — *nearly, approximately, well nigh …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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

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

    English terms dictionary

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

    English World dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 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

  • 13 almost — /awl mohst, awl mohst /, adv. very nearly; all but: almost every house; almost the entire symphony; to pay almost nothing for a car; almost twice as many books. [bef. 1000; ME; OE (e)al mast, var. of AEL MAEST nearly] Syn. ALMOST (MOST), NEARLY,… …

    Universalium

  • 14 Almost — In mathematics, especially in set theory, when dealing with sets of infinite size, the term almost or nearly is used to mean all the elements except for finitely many . In other words, an infinite set S that is a subset of another infinite set L …

    Wikipedia

  • 15 almost — al|most W1S1 [ˈo:lməust US ˈo:lmoust, o:lˈmoust] adv [: Old English; Origin: ealmAst, from eall all + mAst mostly ] nearly, but not completely or not quite ▪ Have you almost finished? ▪ Supper s almost ready. ▪ It was almost midnight. ▪ Almost… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 almost — [[t]ɔ͟ːlmoʊst[/t]] ♦ ADV: ADV group, ADV before v You use almost to indicate that something is not completely the case but is nearly the case. The couple had been dating for almost three years... Storms have been hitting almost all of Britain… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 almost*/*/*/ — [ˈɔːlməʊst] adv nearly but not completely ‘Are you ready? ‘Almost! I m just putting my shoes on. [/ex] It s almost a year since she died.[/ex] Almost all of the students here are from South America.[/ex] Sam s almost as tall as his mother.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 almost —   Kokoke, ane ane; ānihaniha (rare).    ♦ Almost dead, mai make.    ♦ Almost seven fathoms, nā anana eono ā puka ehiku.    ♦ Almost hit by a car, a ohe noho i he wā, ho oku i ia e ke ka a …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 19 almost — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst, from eall + mǣst most Date: before 12th century very nearly but not exactly or entirely < we re almost there > II. adjective Date: 1709 very near but not quite < an almost failure > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 almost — See almost, most See nearly, almost …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions


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