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    barely - Dictionary definition and meaning for word barely

    (adv) only a very short time before
    Synonyms : hardly , just , scarce , scarcely
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) in a sparse or scanty way
    Synonyms : scantily
    Example Sentence
    • a barely furnished room
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