Definition of practically in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpraktək(ə)lē/ /ˈpræktək(ə)li/

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  • 1Virtually; almost.

    ‘the place was practically empty’
    • ‘the risk of default was practically zero’
    • ‘His suitcase finally turned up almost a month later, but it was practically empty.’
    • ‘This means, come summer on the Stubai Glacier, the slopes are practically empty.’
    • ‘Colleges were also practically empty, although the students started going back today.’
    • ‘It is ludicrous to have practically empty vehicles belching out fumes and congesting our streets all day, all year.’
    • ‘The park was practically empty on its opening day so we just kept riding round and round on the coaster as no one was waiting for our seats.’
    • ‘If this could be effectively tackled, practically all the present inadequacies would be overcome.’
    • ‘Open and active communication lines are, in practically every case, essential to the health of a long term alliance.’
    • ‘They became closer and closer till they were practically inseparable.’
    • ‘It had been empty for two years and practically every door and window needed sanding and repainting.’
    • ‘Part of him finds it ironic that she's been so close all this time, practically a neighbor.’
    • ‘It approached me, sussing me out: I could practically see it in the corner of my eye, feel it standing behind my back.’
    • ‘The whinnying was becoming louder, and the marching was practically drumming through her brain, it was so close.’
    • ‘He face was so close to hers that she could practically feel the warmth from it.’
    • ‘Max was moved closer to the screen, until her nose was practically against the glass.’
    • ‘They had lived there for nearly two decades, and Stephen had spent practically all of his academic life at the university.’
    • ‘Ben was standing close to me, so close that I had to practically crane my neck to look at him.’
    • ‘It is practically a silent movie, relying on sound effects, rather than dialogue.’
    • ‘I was so close to my dorm I could practically taste it when someone stepped out in front of me.’
    • ‘I can almost hear her reciting lines from movies I practically have memorized.’
    • ‘Being the youngest of five, three of whom were practically grown up, she felt entitled to be a nuisance to them all.’
    almost, nearly, very nearly, virtually, just about, all but, more or less, not far from, close to, in effect, as good as, to all intents and purposes, approaching, verging on, bordering on, next to, essentially, basically
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  • 2In a practical manner.

    ‘“He might win,” pointed out Emmeline practically’
    • ‘It seems appropriate to consider what this might mean if it is really put into effect practically.’
    • ‘How to respond to it practically in a war that does not respect borders?’
    realistically, sensibly, reasonably, pragmatically, matter-of-factly, rationally, with common sense
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    1. 2.1sentence adverb In practical terms.
      ‘the law isn't unreasonable or practically inconvenient’
      • ‘It would be nice to think that you could bring dust levels down to zero in a mine but it was not practically possible.’
      • ‘This is as close to a natural brown trout water as is practically possible.’