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Dictionary entry overview: What does barely mean?
• BARELY (adverb)
The adverb BARELY has 2 senses:
1. by a small margin
2. in a sparse or scanty way
Familiarity information: BARELY used as an adverb is rare.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||barely [BACK TO TOP]|
By a small margin
they could barely hear the speaker / we hardly knew them / just missed being hit / had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open / would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave
|Sense 2||barely [BACK TO TOP]|
In a sparse or scanty way
a barely furnished room
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