组合词。al同all, 全部的。most, 大多数的。
almost: [OE] Almost is simply a combination of all and most. In Anglo-Saxon times, and up until the 17th century, it meant ‘mostly all’ or ‘nearly all’ (thus one could say ‘My best friends are almost men’, meaning most of them are men); but already by the 13th century the modern sense ‘nearly, not quite’ was well in place.
=> all, most
- almost (adv.)
- Old English eallmæst "nearly all, for the most part," literally "mostly all;" see all + most. Modern form from 15c.
- 1. The representatives almost came to blows at a meeting.
- 2. It's almost a foregone conclusion that you'll get what you want.
- 3. By 1973, this gap had narrowed almost to vanishing point.
- 4. Almost ninety per cent of all rapes and violent assaults went unreported.
- 5. He thought of the baby almost as an inanimate object.