1. only a very short time before
2. almost not
- she barely seemed to notice him
- we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles
3. by a little
- it was barely 5 a.m.
- the network has barely 5 percent of viewers
Similar word(s): just
Sentences with barely as an adverb:
- The plane is so far away now I can barely see it.
- Yes, it is barely visible.