Merely

  • 1 Merely — Mere ly, adv. 1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely. [1913 Webster] Ulysses was to force forth his access, Though merely naked. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only. [1913 Webster] Prize not your life for other ends Than …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 merely — index only, purely (simply), solely (purely) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 merely — (adv.) mid 15c., entirely, purely, from MERE (Cf. mere) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning and nothing more is from 1580s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 merely — ► ADVERB ▪ just; only …

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  • 5 merely — [mir′lē] adv. [ MERE1 + LY2] 1. no more than; and nothing else; only 2. Obs. absolutely; altogether …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 merely — [[t]mɪ͟ə(r)li[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV before v (emphasis) You use merely to emphasize that something is only what you say and not better, more important, or more exciting. Michael is now merely a good friend... Francis Watson was… …

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  • 7 merely — mere|ly W2S2 [ˈmıəli US ˈmırli] adv 1.) used to emphasize how small or unimportant something or someone is = ↑only ▪ He s merely a boy you can t expect him to understand. 2.) used to emphasize that nothing more than what you say is involved =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 merely — adverb 1 used to emphasize that something or someone is very small or unimportant, especially when compared with something else; only: It is an issue of merely local importance. | This is merely the latest example of government interference. 2… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 merely — adv. Merely is used with these adjectives: ↑academic, ↑adequate, ↑coincidental, ↑cosmetic, ↑curious, ↑decorative, ↑descriptive, ↑formal, ↑hypothetical, ↑incidental, ↑instrumental, ↑ …

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  • 10 merely — mere|ly [ mırli ] adverb 1. ) used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant: ONLY: This job is merely a way to pay my bills. 2. ) used for emphasizing that something is not as bad, severe, or important as someone thinks it is: ONLY …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 merely */*/*/ — UK [ˈmɪə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈmɪrlɪ] adverb 1) used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant This job is merely a way to pay my bills. 2) used for emphasizing that something is not as bad, severe, or important as someone thinks it is I m… …

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  • 12 merely — [ˈmɪəli] adv 1) used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant Syn: only This job is merely a way to pay my bills.[/ex] 2) used for emphasizing that something is not as bad, severe, or important as someone thinks it is Syn: only I m… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 13 merely — /mear lee/, adv. 1. only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form. 2. Obs. a. without admixture; purely. b. altogether; entirely. [1400 50; late ME mereli. See MERE1, LY] * * * …

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  • 14 merely — /ˈmɪəli / (say mearlee) adverb only as specified, and nothing more; simply: merely as a matter of form. {mere1 + ly} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 merely — adverb and nothing more (Freq. 73) I was merely asking it is simply a matter of time just a scratch he was only a child hopes that last but a moment • Syn: ↑simply, ↑ …

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  • 16 merely — adverb see mere III …

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  • 17 merely — adverb /ˈmɪəli,ˈmɪɹli/ only, just, and nothing more …

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  • 18 merely — Synonyms and related words: after a fashion, alone, appreciably, at any rate, at best, at bottom, at least, at most, at the least, at the most, at the outside, at worst, barely, basically, but, comparatively, detectably, entirely, essentially,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 merely — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adv. barely, simply, only, purely. See littleness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. slightly, solely, simply; see hardly , only 2 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adverb Nothing more than: just, only. See INCLUDE …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 merely — mere·ly || mɪrlɪ / mɪəl adv. only, just, simply, purely …

    English contemporary dictionary