1. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

- he nearly fainted

Similar word(s): about, almost, most, near, nigh, virtually

2. in a close manner

- the person most nearly concerned

Similar word(s): closely, intimately

Sentences with nearly as an adverb:

- He left a nearly full beer on the bar.

- I nearly didn't put this example in.