"all but" meaning in English

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Adverb

Head templates: {{en-adv|-}} all but (not comparable)
  1. Very nearly; everything short of. Tags: not-comparable
    Sense id: all_but-en-adv-BZENp~kS Synonyms: almost, nearly, nigh on, all-but Related terms: all but dissertation, all but thesis Translations (very nearly): az qala (Azerbaijani), quasi (Catalan), gairebé (Catalan), 幾乎 [Mandarin] (Chinese), 几乎 (jīhū) [Mandarin] (Chinese), næsten (Danish), bijna (Dutch), welhaast (Dutch), preskaŭ (Esperanto), lähes (Finnish), melkein (Finnish), käytännössä (Finnish), presque (French), plus ou moins (French), fast (German), quasi (Italian), praticamente (Italian), quasi del tutto (Italian), all'atto pratico (Italian), prawie (Polish), praticamente (Portuguese), quase (Portuguese), почти́ (počtí) (Russian), takmer (Slovak), skoro (Slovak), casi (Spanish), praktiskt taget (Swedish), nära på (Swedish), snudd på (Swedish)

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          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "code": "fi",
          "lang": "Finnish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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        },
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "käytännössä"
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "presque"
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          "code": "fr",
          "lang": "French",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "plus ou moins"
        },
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          "code": "de",
          "lang": "German",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "fast"
        },
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          "code": "it",
          "lang": "Italian",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quasi"
        },
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          "code": "it",
          "lang": "Italian",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "praticamente"
        },
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          "code": "it",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quasi del tutto"
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "all'atto pratico"
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          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quase"
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          "roman": "počtí",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "takmer"
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          "lang": "Slovak",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "skoro"
        },
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "casi"
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          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "praktiskt taget"
        },
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          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "nära på"
        },
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          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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      "code": "az",
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      "sense": "very nearly",
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      "lang": "Catalan",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quasi"
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      "word": "gairebé"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
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      "word": "fast"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quasi"
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      "word": "praticamente"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quasi del tutto"
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      "word": "all'atto pratico"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "praticamente"
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      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quase"
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      "roman": "počtí",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "почти́"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "takmer"
    },
    {
      "code": "sk",
      "lang": "Slovak",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "skoro"
    },
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      "code": "es",
      "lang": "Spanish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "casi"
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      "code": "sv",
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "praktiskt taget"
    },
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      "lang": "Swedish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "nära på"
    },
    {
      "code": "sv",
      "lang": "Swedish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "snudd på"
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  "word": "all but"
}

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