Etymology
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almost (adv.)

Old English eallmæst "nearly all, for the most part," literally "mostly all;" see all + most. Modern form is from 15c. The original sense is now typically expressed by almost all; sense of "very nearly, all but" is from c. 1200.

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Definitions of almost

almost (adv.)
(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but;
the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
we're almost finished
Synonyms: about / most / nearly / near / nigh / virtually / well-nigh
From wordnet.princeton.edu