merely

adverb mere·ly \ ˈmir-lē \

Definition of merely

: nothing more than : only
  • was merely trying to help
  • … no boy wanted to be on record as considering a girl a major fox only to discover that she considered him merely cool.
  • —Richard Russo
  • Not merely decorative, the crisscrossing slats and fins variously filter light and provide privacy.
  • —Rob Haskell
  • Many merely desire a pleasant afternoon perusing the exhibitions in their local gallery.
  • —Launt Thompson
  • Many of the deep-sea fishes, for example, have pathetically weak skeletons and terribly flabby bodies—in extreme cases they are the consistency of gelatin and seem to be composed merely of mouth and stomach.
  • —Tim Flannery
  • … because of technology what in the past would have taken days took merely hours.
  • —Lee Child

First Known Use of merely

circa 1580

in the meaning defined above

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MERELY Defined for Kids

merely

adverb mere·ly \ ˈmir-lē \

Definition of merely for Students

: nothing else than : just It was merely a suggestion.


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