Definition of almost in English:



  • Not quite; very nearly:

    ‘he almost knocked Georgina over’
    ‘the place was almost empty’
    ‘blues, jazz—he can play almost anything’
    • ‘I gave him a bone off of one of the plates earlier as a reward and he almost ate the whole thing.’
    • ‘Add it all up and in almost every city in the UK it is now cheaper to rent than to buy.’
    • ‘The van almost ground to a halt as it scraped along the passenger side of my vehicle.’
    • ‘We had gone out for a couple of hours and when we returned the fire was almost out.’
    • ‘There was almost a sense that if we did not say the word the problem would go away.’
    • ‘By the time my reply was ready to send back almost an hour had passed and it was midnight.’
    • ‘It was almost as if the local wildlife had decided to put on a show just to entertain us.’
    • ‘They now have to spend almost as much time at the station as they do out on the streets.’
    • ‘On the fifth he drove it in a creek to the left and almost broke his club hacking it out of there.’
    • ‘She was prepared to put up with almost anything in order not to have to face up to her past.’
    • ‘That's the gem that one of her pet dogs almost ate when she lost it in a hotel room.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘In fact, what they need almost as much as help with the shopping is someone to chat to.’
    • ‘He is smoking a pipe, and it almost goes without saying that he is wearing a dark suit.’
    • ‘The waters of Loch an Eilean were flat calm and the stillness of the air almost eerie.’
    • ‘It was found almost one in five workers lost at least an hour at work a week because of delays.’
    • ‘A guy made a dash for the train door and the door almost closed but he pried it open.’
    • ‘If you pick up an injury which almost costs you the whole season it is very frustrating.’
    • ‘To our west, the great sheet of ice that stretched before us was almost too much to take in.’
    • ‘Some of the lads have come and gone, but we've got a hard core who almost always turn up.’
    nearly, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, not far from, not far off, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing
    roughly, approximately
    not quite
    pretty nearly, pretty much, pretty well
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Old English æl mǣst ‘for the most part’(see all, most).