barely /ˈbɛːli/

b

adverb

1. only just; almost not

she nodded, barely able to speak
[as submodifier]
a barely perceptible pause.
2. only a very short time before

they had barely sat down before forty policemen swarmed in.
3. in a simple and sparse way

their barely furnished house.
4.
‹archaic› openly; explicitly.

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