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Bearly vs. Barely

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Bearlyadjective

Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of bears; ursine.

Barelyadverb

(degree) By a small margin.

Bearlyadjective

misspelling of burly

Barelyadverb

(degree) Almost not at all.

‘The plane is so far away now I can barely see it.’; ‘Yes, it is barely visible.’;

Barelyadverb

(archaic) merely.

Barelyadverb

Without covering; nakedly.

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Barelyadverb

Without concealment or disguise.

Barelyadverb

Merely; only.

‘R. For now his son is duke.W. Barely in title, not in revenue.’;

Barelyadverb

But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare (of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly; as, there was barely enough for all; he barely escaped.

Barelyadverb

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’;

Barelyadverb

in a sparse or scanty way;

‘a barely furnished room’;

Barelyadverb

only just; almost not

‘a barely perceptible pause’; ‘she nodded, barely able to speak’;

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Barelyadverb

only a very short time before

‘they had barely sat down before forty policemen swarmed in’;

Barelyadverb

in a simple and sparse way

‘their barely furnished house’;

Barelyadverb

openly; explicitly.

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