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Meaning of merely by Wiktionary Dictionary

merely


    Etymology

    From mere +‎ -ly .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmɪəli/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmɪɹli/

    Adverb

    merely ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Wholly, entirely. [16th-20th c.]
    2. ( focus ) Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more. [from 16th c.]

    Statistics

    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: arm · wrong · afraid · #647: merely · struck · man's · write


Explanation of merely by Wordnet Dictionary

merely


    Adverb
    1. and nothing more

    2. I was merely asking


    Definition of merely by GCIDE Dictionary

    merely


    1. Merely, adv.
      1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.

      Ulysses was to force forth his access,

      Though merely naked. Chapman.

      2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.

      Prize not your life for other ends

      Than merely to oblige your friends. Swift.

      Syn. -- Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.