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How to Pronounce nearly?

Correct pronunciation for the word "nearly" is [nˈi͡əli], [nˈi‍əli], [n_ˈiə_l_i].

"Nearly" in context

Nearly is a word used to describe something that is close in time, amount, quantity, or degree. It is used to describe something that is not exact, but closely approximates the actual amount or degree. Nearly, then, implies a sense of approximate comparison; it is a way of saying that something is not exact, but fairly close. Nearly also indicates a lesser amount; while something may be nearly full or nearly empty, it is still less than full or empty. Additionally, the use of nearly conveys a sense of uncertainty, as it indicates that the amount or degree is not exact, but merely an estimation.

What are similar-sounding words for nearly?

Usage over time for nearly:

This graph shows how "nearly" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

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