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1Virtually; almost:‘the strike lasted practically a fortnight’‘the place was practically empty’
almost, nearly, very nearly, virtually, just about, all but, more or less, not far from, close to, in effect, as good as, to all intents and purposes, approaching, verging on, bordering on, next to, essentially, basicallyView synonyms
- ‘Open and active communication lines are, in practically every case, essential to the health of a long term alliance.’
- ‘Being the youngest of five, three of whom were practically grown up, she felt entitled to be a nuisance to them all.’
- ‘I was so close to my dorm I could practically taste it when someone stepped out in front of me.’
- ‘This means, come summer on the Stubai Glacier, the slopes are practically empty.’
- ‘Ben was standing close to me, so close that I had to practically crane my neck to look at him.’
- ‘It had been empty for two years and practically every door and window needed sanding and repainting.’
- ‘Colleges were also practically empty, although the students started going back today.’
- ‘They became closer and closer till they were practically inseparable.’
- ‘It approached me, sussing me out: I could practically see it in the corner of my eye, feel it standing behind my back.’
- ‘The whinnying was becoming louder, and the marching was practically drumming through her brain, it was so close.’
- ‘Part of him finds it ironic that she's been so close all this time, practically a neighbor.’
- ‘His suitcase finally turned up almost a month later, but it was practically empty.’
- ‘They had lived there for nearly two decades, and Stephen had spent practically all of his academic life at the university.’
- ‘If this could be effectively tackled, practically all the present inadequacies would be overcome.’
- ‘It is practically a silent movie, relying on sound effects, rather than dialogue.’
- ‘I can almost hear her reciting lines from movies I practically have memorized.’
- ‘The park was practically empty on its opening day so we just kept riding round and round on the coaster as no one was waiting for our seats.’
- ‘It is ludicrous to have practically empty vehicles belching out fumes and congesting our streets all day, all year.’
- ‘He face was so close to hers that she could practically feel the warmth from it.’
- ‘Max was moved closer to the screen, until her nose was practically against the glass.’
2In a practical manner:‘‘He might win,’ pointed out Emmeline practically’
realistically, sensibly, reasonably, pragmatically, matter-of-factly, rationally, with common senseView synonyms
- ‘It seems appropriate to consider what this might mean if it is really put into effect practically.’
- ‘How to respond to it practically in a war that does not respect borders?’
- 2.1[sentence adverb] In practical terms:‘the law isn't unreasonable or practically inconvenient’
- ‘This is as close to a natural brown trout water as is practically possible.’
- ‘It would be nice to think that you could bring dust levels down to zero in a mine but it was not practically possible.’
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