roughly Definition

  • 1approximately, nearly, or about
  • 2in a rough manner; without refinement or precision

Using roughly: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "roughly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The project will cost roughly $10,000.

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    Roughly 20% of the population is affected by the disease.

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    I can only give you a rough estimate of the time it will take.

  • Example

    He treated her roughly and she left him.

roughly Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for roughly


Summary: roughly in Brief

The adverb 'roughly' [ˈrʌfli] means approximately or nearly. It can be used to indicate an imprecise amount or estimation, as in 'The project will cost roughly $10,000.' Alternatively, it can describe something done in a rough or imprecise manner, as in 'He treated her roughly and she left him.'

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