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BARELY

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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 


BARELY (adverb)


Sense 1barely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

By a small margin

Synonyms:

barely; hardly; scarce; scarcely; just

Context examples:

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 2barely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a sparse or scanty way

Synonyms:

scantily; barely

Context example:

a barely furnished room


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