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barely (ˈbɛəlɪ Pronunciation for barely

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: barelyPronunciation for 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 يُكَادُPronunciation for لا يُكَادُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: malPronunciation for mal
  • Chinese: 几乎不能Pronunciation for 几乎不能
  • Croatian: jedvaPronunciation for jedva
  • Czech: sotvaPronunciation for sotva
  • Danish: knapPronunciation for knapdårligt nok
  • Dutch: nauwelijksPronunciation for nauwelijks
  • European Spanish: apenasPronunciation for apenas
  • Finnish: hädin tuskinPronunciation for hädin tuskin
  • French: à peinePronunciation for à peine
  • German: kaumPronunciation for kaum
  • Greek: μόλιςPronunciation for μόλις
  • Italian: appenaPronunciation for appena
  • Japanese: かろうじてPronunciation for かろうじて
  • Korean: 간신히Pronunciation for 간신히
  • Norwegian: såvidtPronunciation for såvidt
  • Polish: zaledwiePronunciation for zaledwie
  • Portuguese: malPronunciation for mal
  • Romanian: abia
  • Russian: едваPronunciation for едва
  • Spanish: apenasPronunciation for apenas
  • Swedish: knapptPronunciation for knappt
  • Thai: เกือบไม่พอPronunciation for เกือบไม่พอ
  • Turkish: ucu ucunaPronunciation for ucu ucuna
  • Ukrainian: ледь
  • Vietnamese: chỉ vừa đủPronunciation for chỉ vừa đủ

Example Sentences Including 'barely'

I've spent the last month in Bain, and have barely been troubled.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
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)

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