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barely  (ˈbɛəlɪ

Definitions

adverb

  1. only just; scarcely   ⇒ barely enough for their needs
  2. (informal) not quite; nearly   ⇒ barely old enough
  3. scantily; poorly   ⇒ barely furnished
  4. (archaic) openly
Since barely, hardly, and scarcely already have negative force, it is redundant to use another negative in the same clause: he had barely had (not he hadn't barely had) time to think; there was scarcely any (not scarcely no) bread left

Synonyms

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= only just, just, hardly, scarcely, at a push, almost not

Translations for 'barely'

  • British English: barely You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible.She could barely remember going to the hospital.ˈbɛəlɪ ADVERB
  • Arabic: لا يُكَادُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mal
  • Chinese: 几乎不能
  • Croatian: jedva
  • Czech: sotva
  • Danish: knapdårligt nok
  • Dutch: nauwelijks
  • European Spanish: apenas
  • Finnish: hädin tuskin
  • French: à peine
  • German: kaum
  • Greek: μόλις
  • Italian: appena
  • Japanese: かろうじて
  • Korean: 간신히
  • Norwegian: såvidt
  • Polish: zaledwie
  • Portuguese: mal
  • Romanian: abia
  • Russian: едва
  • Spanish: apenas
  • Swedish: knappt
  • Thai: เกือบไม่พอ
  • Turkish: ucu ucuna
  • Ukrainian: ледь
  • Vietnamese: chỉ vừa đủ

Example Sentences Including 'barely'

Lirael closed her eyes against the glare, and she felt herself slip towards the edge of dream, her conscious mind barely awake.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
She was becoming more and more alien to me, almost as if she were someone I barely knew at all.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
I've spent the last month in Bain, and have barely been troubled.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)

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