English - Adverb
NEARLY (_comparative_ NEARLIER _or_ MORE NEARLY, _superlative_ NEARLIEST _or_ MOST NEARLY)
* (now rare) With great scrutiny; carefully. [from 16th c.]
* 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, _Essays_, III.1:
And whosoever hath traced mee and NEARELY [transl. _de pres_] looked into my humours, Ile loose a good wager if hee confesse not that there is no rule in their schoole, could, a midde such crooked pathes and divers windings, square and report this naturall motion, and maintaine an apparance of liberty and licence so equall and inflexible […].
* With close relation; intimately. [from 16th c.]
* John Locke (1632-1705)
Let that which he learns next be NEARLY conjoined with what he knows already.
* 1837, _The Dublin University Magazine_
She could have joined most comfortably in all their supposings, and suspicions, and doubts, and prognostications, but the honour of the family was too NEARLY concerned to allow free reins to her tongue.
* 1847, Herman Melville, _Omoo_
[H]e was also accounted a man of wealth, and was NEARLY related to a high chief.
* Closely, in close proximity. [from 16th c.]
* C. 1606, William Shakespeare, _Macbeth_, First Folio 1623, IV.2:
I doubt some danger do's approach you NEERELY.
* In close approximation; almost, virtually. [from 17th c.]
_He left a NEARLY full beer on the bar._
_I NEARLY didn't put this example in._
* almost, nigh, well-nigh, near, close to, next to, practically, virtually
nearly (comparative nearlier
or more nearly, superlative nearliest or most nearly)
(now rare) With great scrutiny; carefully. [from 16th c.]
With close relation; intimately. [from 16th c.]
Closely, in close proximity. [from 16th c.]
In close approximation; almost, virtually. [from 17th c.]
He left a nearly full beer on the bar.
I nearly didn't put this example in.