[adv] (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most everyone agrees"
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about, all but, approximately, as good as, as much as, barely, bordering on, close, closely, essentially, hardly, in effect, just about, most, much, near, nearabout, nearly, nigh, nighhand, not quite, practically, pretty near, scarcely, verging on, virtua