- aulmos (Jamaican English)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɔːl.ˈməʊst/, /ˈɔːl.məʊst/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.moʊst/, /ˈɑl.moʊst/
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- Hyphenation: al‧most
- Rhymes: -əʊst
almost (not comparable)
- Very close to, but not quite.
- Almost all people went there. - Not all but very close to it.
- We almost missed the train. - Not missed but very close to it.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.
2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19:
- In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […] The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra–wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.
- (very close to, but not quite): nearly, nigh, well-nigh, near, close to, next to, practically, virtually
very close to
almost (plural almosts)
- (informal) Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
- In all the submissions, they found four papers that were clearly worth publishing and another dozen almosts.
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: gave · asked · soon · #216: almost · thou · full · country