# Already vs. Almost — What's the Difference?

## Compare with Definitions

By this or a specified time
The children were already asleep when we got home.
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#### Almost

In set theory, when dealing with sets of infinite size, the term almost or nearly is used to refer to all but a negligible amount of elements in the set. The notion of "negligible" depends in the context, and may mean "of measure zero" (in a measure space), "countable" (when uncountably infinite sets are involved), or "finite" (when infinite sets are involved).For example: The set S = { n ∈ N | n ≥ k } {\displaystyle S=\{n\in \mathbb {N} \,|\,n\geq k\}} is almost N {\displaystyle \mathbb {N} } for any k {\displaystyle k} in N {\displaystyle \mathbb {N} } , because only finitely many natural numbers are less than k {\displaystyle k} .
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So soon
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#### Almost

Not quite; very nearly
He almost knocked Georgina over
The place was almost empty
Blues, jazz—he can play almost anything
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(Informal) Used as an intensive
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#### Almost

Slightly short of; not quite; nearly
Almost time to go.
Was almost asleep.
Had almost finished. See Usage Note at none.
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Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
Much of what he said I knew already.
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#### Almost

Very close to, but not quite.
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So soon.
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#### Almost

(mathematics) Up to, except for a negligible set where negligible is not universally but contextually defined.
Almost all
Almost no
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(US) An intensifier used to emphasize impatience or express exasperation.
I wish they'd finish already, so we can get going.
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#### Almost

A null set; except for a set of measure 0.
Almost everywhere
Almost nowhere
Almost certain
Almost sure
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Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
I say unto you, that Elias is come already.
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#### Almost

(informal) Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
In all the submissions, they found four papers that were clearly worth publishing and another dozen almosts.
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Prior to a specified or implied time;
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#### Almost

Nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part.
Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
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#### Almost

(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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