Definition of 'barely'
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Our son who barely spoke had just uttered a really complex thought. The Sun (2016)He gets so drunk he can barely stand. The Sun (2016)Half said they barely know those next door. The Sun (2016)She was fired, but barely seemed to notice. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He'd barely recognise the old place now. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And as it turned out, he could barely miss from just a few yards out. The Sun (2016)The animal enclosures, barely big enough for their inhabitants to turn around in, sit behind the towering circus tent. Times, Sunday Times (2016)By then, I could barely remember what it was like to feel well. The Sun (2016)The band were so slick that you barely noticed them. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Her old self is barely visible under deep layers of padding. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You have not had the habit for so long you can barely remember it. HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)They had to ask him questions about how he was while he just stood there barely speaking. The Sun (2015)Those who remember her arrival on the circuit say that they barely recognise the player now. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We could barely see or hear each other. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Her voice lowers to barely above a whisper. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You would barely know he was breathing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She had barely noticed his agony and she had certainly not experienced overwhelming desire. SOMEDAY MY PRINCE (1999)America was barely forty years old when the iron horse galloped into national life. Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century (1994)Yesterday she said she barely remembered being ill. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Social care must be about more than just keeping people barely alive. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He barely brought in enough money to support his large family. Christianity Today (2000)They say that you barely feel your first shark bite. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He has lost his voice and was barely audible. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Rugby players can brawl on a weekly basis and the world barely notices. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She claims she barely remembers it because she was so happy at school. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Those qualities were instead projected on to a father he had barely known and a figure he invented in fiction. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The match was barely three minutes old when the 24-year-old skied an effort from close range. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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Translations for 'barely'
British English: barely /ˈbɛəlɪ/ ADVERB
You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible.
She could barely remember going to the hospital.
- American English: barely
- Arabic: لا يُكَادُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: mal
- Chinese: 几乎不能
- Croatian: jedva
- Czech: sotva
- Danish: knap dårligt 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
- European Portuguese: mal
- Romanian: abia
- Russian: едва
- Spanish: apenas
- Swedish: knappt
- Thai: เกือบไม่พอ
- Turkish: ucu ucuna
- Ukrainian: ледь
- Vietnamese: chỉ vừa đủ
Definition of barely from the Collins English Dictionary
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