Pronunciation: (nēr'lē), [key]
1. all but; almost: nearly dead with cold.
2. with close approximation: a nearly perfect likeness.
3. with close agreement or resemblance: a plan nearly like our own.
4. with close kinship, interest, or connection; intimately: nearly associated in business; two women nearly related.
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