• (British) IPA: /ˈbɛə(ɹ).li/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbɛɹ.li/

barely (not comparable)

  1. (degree) By a small margin.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral, Oxford University Press (1973), section 8:
      It becomes, therefore, no inconsiderable part of science barely to know the different operations of mind,
    • 1925, Walter Anthony and Tom Reed (titles), Rupert Julian (director), The Phantom of the Opera, silent movie
      ‘It is barely possible you may hear of a ghost, a Phantom of the Opera!’
  2. (degree) Almost not at all.
    The plane is so far away now I can barely see it.
    Yes, it is barely visible.
  3. (archaic) merely.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: mal
  • Russian: е́ле
  • Spanish: apenas

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