"all but" meaning in English

Adverb

  1. Very nearly; everything short of. Tags: not-comparable
    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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          "ref": "1977, George Lucas, Star Wars, 20th Century Fox, spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness)",
          "text": "A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. … Now the Jedi are all but extinct."
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          "ref": "November 11, 2011, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, in RTE Sport‎",
          "text": "A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn."
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        {
          "code": "az",
          "lang": "Azerbaijani",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "az qala"
        },
        {
          "code": "ca",
          "lang": "Catalan",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quasi"
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          "code": "ca",
          "lang": "Catalan",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "lang": "Dutch",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "code": "nl",
          "lang": "Dutch",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "preskaŭ"
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        {
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          "lang": "Finnish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "lähes"
        },
        {
          "code": "fi",
          "lang": "Finnish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "melkein"
        },
        {
          "code": "fi",
          "lang": "Finnish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "käytännössä"
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          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "lang": "German",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quasi"
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          "lang": "Italian",
          "sense": "very nearly",
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        },
        {
          "code": "it",
          "lang": "Italian",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quasi del tutto"
        },
        {
          "code": "it",
          "lang": "Italian",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "all'atto pratico"
        },
        {
          "code": "pl",
          "lang": "Polish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "prawie"
        },
        {
          "code": "pt",
          "lang": "Portuguese",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "praticamente"
        },
        {
          "code": "pt",
          "lang": "Portuguese",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "quase"
        },
        {
          "code": "ru",
          "lang": "Russian",
          "roman": "počtí",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "почти́"
        },
        {
          "code": "sk",
          "lang": "Slovak",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "takmer"
        },
        {
          "code": "sk",
          "lang": "Slovak",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "skoro"
        },
        {
          "code": "es",
          "lang": "Spanish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "casi"
        },
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          "code": "sv",
          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "praktiskt taget"
        },
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          "code": "sv",
          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "nära på"
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          "lang": "Swedish",
          "sense": "very nearly",
          "word": "snudd på"
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      "word": "all but thesis"
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        },
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          "text": "A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. … Now the Jedi are all but extinct."
        },
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          "text": "When the first wave of postwar immigrants arrived in Britain in the 1950s and ’60s, it was a period of rising wages, full employment, an expanding welfare state and strong trade unions. Today, Britain’s manufacturing base has all but disappeared, working-class communities have disintegrated, unions have been neutered and the welfare state has begun to crumble."
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      "word": "almost"
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    {
      "word": "nearly"
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    {
      "word": "nigh on"
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    {
      "word": "all-but"
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      "lang": "Azerbaijani",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "az qala"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quasi"
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      "lang": "Catalan",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "gairebé"
    },
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "tags": [
        "Mandarin"
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      "word": "幾乎"
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      "sense": "very nearly",
      "tags": [
        "Mandarin"
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      "word": "几乎"
    },
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      "code": "da",
      "lang": "Danish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "næsten"
    },
    {
      "code": "nl",
      "lang": "Dutch",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "bijna"
    },
    {
      "code": "nl",
      "lang": "Dutch",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "welhaast"
    },
    {
      "code": "eo",
      "lang": "Esperanto",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "preskaŭ"
    },
    {
      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "lähes"
    },
    {
      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "melkein"
    },
    {
      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "käytännössä"
    },
    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "presque"
    },
    {
      "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"
    },
    {
      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quasi del tutto"
    },
    {
      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "all'atto pratico"
    },
    {
      "code": "pl",
      "lang": "Polish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "prawie"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "praticamente"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "quase"
    },
    {
      "code": "ru",
      "lang": "Russian",
      "roman": "počtí",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "почти́"
    },
    {
      "code": "sk",
      "lang": "Slovak",
      "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",
      "lang": "Swedish",
      "sense": "very nearly",
      "word": "praktiskt taget"
    },
    {
      "code": "sv",
      "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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