Definitions for almostˈɔl moʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al•mostˈɔl moʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst(adv.)
very nearly; all but:
almost every house; to pay almost nothing for a car.
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Origin of almost:
bef. 1000; ME; OE (e)almāst, var. of æl mǣst; see all,most
about, almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh(adverb)
(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
"the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
almost(adverb)ˈɔl moʊst, ɔlˈmoʊst
a little less than; not quite
almost 30,000 people at the game; We waited almost twenty minutes.; I'm almost done.; We're almost there.; The movie's almost as funny/good/exciting as the last one.
Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
In all the submissions, they found four papers that were clearly worth publishing and another dozen almosts.
nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part
In set theory, when dealing with sets of infinite size, the term almost or nearly is used to mean all the elements except for finitely many. In other words, an infinite set S that is a subset of another infinite set L, is almost L if the subtracted set L\S is of finite size. Examples: ⁕The set is almost N for any k in N, because only finitely many natural numbers are less than k. ⁕The set of prime numbers is not almost N because there are infinitely many natural numbers that are not prime numbers. This is conceptually similar to the almost everywhere concept of measure theory, but is not the same. For example, the Cantor set is uncountably infinite, but has Lebesgue measure zero. So a real number in is a member of the complement of the Cantor set almost everywhere, but it is not true that the complement of the Cantor set is almost the real numbers in.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'almost' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #259
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'almost' in Written Corpus Frequency: #694
Rank popularity for the word 'almost' in Adverbs Frequency: #45
Translations for almost
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
nearly but not quite
She is almost five years old; She almost fell under a moving car.
- amper, bynaAfrikaans
- quasePortuguese (BR)
- fast, beinaheGerman
- लगभग, अधिकतरHindi
- næstum þvíIcelandic
- hemen hemenTurkish
- 幾乎Chinese (Trad.)
- майже, мало неUkrainian
- gần nhưVietnamese
- 几乎Chinese (Simp.)
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