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From near +‎ -ly.

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nearly (comparative nearlier or more nearly, superlative nearliest or most nearly)

  1. In close approximation; almost, virtually. [from 17th c.]
    Synonym: (obsolete) environ
    He left a nearly full beer on the bar.
    I nearly didn't go to work yesterday.
    He was (so/very) nearly caught.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      She was like a Beardsley Salome, he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 97:
      'Since Heidi's been here, delightful things have happened nearly every day.'
    • 2013 May-June, Kevin Heng, “Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily?”, in American Scientist[2], volume 101, number 3, archived from the original on 9 May 2013, page 184:
      In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter.
  2. (now rare) With great scrutiny; carefully. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 1, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book III, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], →OCLC:
      And whosoever hath traced mee and nearely [translating de pres] looked into my humours, Ile loose a good wager if hee confesse not that there is no rule in their schoole, could, a midde such crooked pathes and divers windings, square and report this naturall motion, and maintaine an apparance of liberty and licence so equall and inflexible [] .
  3. With close relation; intimately. [from 16th c.]
  4. Closely, in close proximity. [from 16th c.]
  5. Stingily.

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  • nearly”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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