Definition of practically in English:



  • 1Virtually; almost.

    ‘the strike lasted practically a fortnight’
    ‘the place was practically empty’
    • ‘Ben was standing close to me, so close that I had to practically crane my neck to look at him.’
    • ‘It is ludicrous to have practically empty vehicles belching out fumes and congesting our streets all day, all year.’
    • ‘This means, come summer on the Stubai Glacier, the slopes are practically empty.’
    • ‘They became closer and closer till they were practically inseparable.’
    • ‘They had lived there for nearly two decades, and Stephen had spent practically all of his academic life at the university.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Part of him finds it ironic that she's been so close all this time, practically a neighbor.’
    • ‘I was so close to my dorm I could practically taste it when someone stepped out in front of me.’
    • ‘It approached me, sussing me out: I could practically see it in the corner of my eye, feel it standing behind my back.’
    • ‘Open and active communication lines are, in practically every case, essential to the health of a long term alliance.’
    • ‘If this could be effectively tackled, practically all the present inadequacies would be overcome.’
    • ‘His suitcase finally turned up almost a month later, but it was practically empty.’
    • ‘Colleges were also practically empty, although the students started going back today.’
    • ‘It is practically a silent movie, relying on sound effects, rather than dialogue.’
    • ‘Max was moved closer to the screen, until her nose was practically against the glass.’
    • ‘It had been empty for two years and practically every door and window needed sanding and repainting.’
    • ‘The whinnying was becoming louder, and the marching was practically drumming through her brain, it was so close.’
    • ‘Being the youngest of five, three of whom were practically grown up, she felt entitled to be a nuisance to them all.’
    • ‘He face was so close to hers that she could practically feel the warmth from it.’
    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, basically
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  • 2In a practical manner.

    ‘‘He might win,’ pointed out Emmeline practically’
    • ‘How to respond to it practically in a war that does not respect borders?’
    • ‘It seems appropriate to consider what this might mean if it is really put into effect practically.’
    realistically, sensibly, reasonably, pragmatically, matter-of-factly, rationally, with common sense
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    1. 2.1[sentence adverb]In practical terms.
      ‘the law isn't unreasonable or practically inconvenient’
      • ‘It would be nice to think that you could bring dust levels down to zero in a mine but it was not practically possible.’
      • ‘This is as close to a natural brown trout water as is practically possible.’