♦♦♦1) ADV-BRD-NEG: ADV before v, ADV group, oft ADV amount You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case.
Anastasia could barely remember the ride to the hospital...
It was 90 degrees and the air conditioning barely cooled the room...
His voice was barely audible...
She was an elfin-like girl who looked barely 10 years old.Syn:2) ADV-BRD-NEG: ADV before v If you say that one thing had barely happened when something else happened, you mean that the first event was followed immediately by the second.
The water had barely come to a simmer when she cracked four eggs into it...
Barely had the bulldozers started when Museum of London archaeologists swooped.Syn:no sooner
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Barely — Bare ly, adv. 1. Without covering; nakedly. [1913 Webster] 2. Without concealment or disguise. [1913 Webster] 3. Merely; only. [1913 Webster] R. For now his son is duke. W. Barely in title, not in revenue. Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. But just;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
barely — [ber′lē] adv. 1. without covering or disguise; plainly [stating the unpleasant facts barely] 2. only just; no more than [barely enough to eat] 3. meagerly; scantily [a barely furnished room] … English World dictionary
barely — like hardly (see hard 2) and scarcely, should normally be followed by when, not than, if a clause follows: • Chance had barely begun to sip his drink when dinner was announced J. Kosinski, 1983 … Modern English usage
barely — index purely (simply), solely (purely) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
barely — O.E. bærlice openly, clear, public; see BARE (Cf. bare) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning only, just is recorded from late 15c.; that of merely, simply is from 1570s. In 15c. it also could mean naked … Etymology dictionary
barely — [adj] not quite almost, hardly, just, only just, scantily, scarcely; concept 772 … New thesaurus
barely — bare|ly [ˈbeəli US ˈberli] adv 1.) only with great difficulty or effort = ↑only just ▪ She was very old and barely able to walk. ▪ Mary had barely enough money to live on. barely audible/perceptible/visible/discernible etc ▪ His voice was barely… … Dictionary of contemporary English
barely — bare|ly [ berli ] adverb ** 1. ) used for saying that something almost does not happen or exist, or is almost not possible: HARDLY, SCARCELY: The roads were barely wide enough for two cars to pass. There was barely a scratch on his car, but mine… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
barely */*/ — UK [ˈbeə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈberlɪ] adverb 1) used for saying that something almost does not happen or exist, or is almost not possible He was so dizzy he could barely stand. The roads were barely wide enough for two cars to pass. There was barely a… … English dictionary
barely — adverb 1 in a way that almost does not happen, exist etc; just: Her voice was so low, I could barely hear her. | We have barely enough money to live on. 2 in a way that is simple, with no decorations or details: The room was furnished barely. 3… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English