pure·​ly | \ ˈpyu̇r-lē How to pronounce purely (audio) \

Definition of purely

1a : to a full extent : totally purely by accident
b : wholly, exclusively a selection based purely on merit
2 : without admixture of anything injurious or foreign
3 : simply, merely read purely for relaxation
4 : in a chaste or innocent manner

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Examples of purely in a Sentence

They met purely by accident. a selection based purely on merit The organization's mission, purely and simply, is to provide food to people who need it. It was purely and simply a matter of greed.
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Recent Examples on the Web Barb & Star is one of those movies that is purely dumb nonsense, in an intentional, hilarious way. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Near, Far, I Can’t Stop Listening to Barb & Star’s Club Remix of ‘My Heart Will Go On’," 18 Feb. 2021 Those companies have an apportionment factor that’s purely based on their payroll distribution. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. businesses will find remote and hybrid work are going to be taxing matters," 10 Feb. 2021 Games can integrate the technology purely for the extra frames, and titles like F1 2020 and Death Stranding have done so to remarkable effect. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Minecraft's ray tracing exits beta as Nvidia pushes its DLSS advantage," 8 Dec. 2020 So the two of us are sitting there, and Kuip just starts doing the game, out of nowhere, purely for the entertainment of the guys around us. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "30 years of Krukow & Kuiper with Giants: ‘Put ’em together, and it’s magic’," 18 Sep. 2020 While the 68 MAXs on firm order are purely for replacing aircraft that will be retired, should air travel recover well and allow for growth, the agreement with Boeing also includes options to buy another 52 MAXS on good financial terms later. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing 737 MAXs to replace most of its Airbus jets," 22 Dec. 2020 As a purely online player, DraftKings may deserve a premium. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How Caesars’ Wager on Sports Betting Could Pay Off Big," 28 Sep. 2020 Classes will be presented as both hybrid, comprised of online and in-person, and purely online. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State University students will get to choose how they attend class this fall," 4 Aug. 2020 From a purely mathematical perspective, considering exponential growth, a significantly more transmissible strain could theoretically lead to tens of thousands of daily deaths, with hospital beds lining sidewalks and filling parking lots. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Evolution of the Coronavirus," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of purely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of purely was in the 14th century

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28 Feb 2021

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“Purely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purely. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of purely

: completely or only

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