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Synonyms for barely
ˈbɛər libare·ly

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  1. barelyadverb

    Synonyms:
    hardly, scarcely

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. barely

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    Synonyms:
    and, besides, but, except, further, however, just, merely, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, only, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarceadverb

    only a very short time before

    "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"- W.B.Yeats

    Synonyms:
    just, hardly, scarcely, merely, scantily, exactly, simply, but, precisely, scarce, only, just now

  2. scantily, barelyadverb

    in a sparse or scanty way

    "a barely furnished room"

    Synonyms:
    scarce, scantily, scarcely, hardly, just

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. barelyadjective

    Synonyms:
    merely, simply, only

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "barely":

    hardly, scarcely, just, narrowly, only, almost, little

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How to use barely in a sentence?

  1. Gavin Newsom:

    We’ve barely been out of those drought conditions, and here we are entering back into these drought conditions.

  2. Mitch McConnell:

    The Democrats are barely even pretending to negotiate, the Speaker's latest spin is that it is some heroic sacrifice to lower The Democrats demand from a made-up $ 3.5 trillion marker that was never going to become law, to an equally made-up $ 2.5 trillion marker. The Democrats calls this meeting in the middle. That's not negotiating. That's throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.

  3. Jorge Flores:

    Im barely getting by.

  4. Helio Doyle:

    The city can't afford to hold the Olympic soccer games here. It can barely pay its employees.

  5. Jimmy Kimmel:

    You keep suggesting we' like' something, stop it, because we barely like you.


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    An antonym of "spellbound"
    • A. disenchanted
    • B. transfixed
    • C. mesmerized
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