Definition of almost in English:



  • Not quite; very nearly.

    ‘he almost knocked Georgina over’
    ‘the place was almost empty’
    ‘Rachel laughed, almost apologetically’
    ‘it will eat almost anything’
    ‘the storm was almost upon them’
    • ‘He is smoking a pipe, and it almost goes without saying that he is wearing a dark suit.’
    • ‘We had gone out for a couple of hours and when we returned the fire was almost out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘A guy made a dash for the train door and the door almost closed but he pried it open.’
    • ‘To our west, the great sheet of ice that stretched before us was almost too much to take in.’
    • ‘It was found almost one in five workers lost at least an hour at work a week because of delays.’
    • ‘I gave him a bone off of one of the plates earlier as a reward and he almost ate the whole thing.’
    • ‘The van almost ground to a halt as it scraped along the passenger side of my vehicle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the lads have come and gone, but we've got a hard core who almost always turn up.’
    • ‘That's the gem that one of her pet dogs almost ate when she lost it in a hotel room.’
    • ‘The waters of Loch an Eilean were flat calm and the stillness of the air almost eerie.’
    • ‘In fact, what they need almost as much as help with the shopping is someone to chat to.’
    • ‘There was almost a sense that if we did not say the word the problem would go away.’
    • ‘They now have to spend almost as much time at the station as they do out on the streets.’
    • ‘Add it all up and in almost every city in the UK it is now cheaper to rent than to buy.’
    • ‘If you pick up an injury which almost costs you the whole season it is very frustrating.’
    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
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Old English æl mǣst ‘for the most part’(see all, most).