Alternative forms edit
- aulmos (Jamaican English)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔːɫ.məʊst/, (emphatic, utterance-final) /ɔːɫ.ˈməʊst/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.moʊst/, /ˈɑl.moʊst/, /ˈoʊ.moʊst/
- (Canada) IPA(key): [ˈɒːɫmost]
- Hyphenation: al‧most
- Rhymes: -əʊst
almost (not comparable)
- Very close to, but not quite.
- Synonym: (obsolete) environ
- Almost all people went there. (not all but very close to it)
- We almost missed the train. (not missed but very close to it)
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XVII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- 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.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter IX, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
- Eustace gaped at him in amazement. When his urbanity dropped away from him, as now, he had an innocence of expression which was almost infantile. It was as if the world had never touched him at all.
- 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.
- (mathematics) Up to, except for a negligible set (where negligible is not universally but contextually defined).
- (very close to, but not quite): nearly, nigh, well-nigh, near, close to, next to, practically, virtually, not yet, not
Derived terms edit
very close to
(measure theory, probability theory)
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.
- “almost”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “almost”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.