how to pronounce barely


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barely is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of barely in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… because if you barely use you be in the …”

meanings of barely


  1. By a small margin.
  2. Almost not at all.
  3. Merely.

barely frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word barely occurs in english on average 47.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics barely can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that barely can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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