Closely and Hardly


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Closely adverb – To a close degree.
Hardly and closely are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Hardly" instead an adverb "Closely".
Nearby Words: close, closeness, closer
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Hardly adverb – By a very small margin.
Usage example: we were hardly able to make it back to camp before darkness set in

Closely and hardly are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Closely" instead an adverb "Hardly".
Nearby Word: hard
Synonyms for Hardly

Both words in one sentence

  • The leopard seal from Pingu Dreams hardly looks like a real leopard seal and more closely resembles a walrus without tusks instead.
  • And while the Amish may not use nor closely follow the latest in technology, they're hardly ignorant about it.
  • Everything's Better with Platypi: The episode "Save That Junk" introduces recurring character Duckbill (Bill for short), a duck-billed platypus - as closely associated with Australian wildlife as koalas and kangaroos, so the series could hardly not have a platypus character.
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