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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mereadjective

    a small pond of standing water

  2. mere(a)adjective

    being nothing more than specified

    "a mere child"

  3. bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)adjective

    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

    "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merenoun

    a pool or lake

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]

  2. Merenoun

    a boundary

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]

  3. Mereverb

    to divide, limit, or bound

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]

  4. Merenoun

    a mare

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]

  5. Mere

    unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]

  6. Mere

    only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form

    Etymology: [Written also meer and mear.]


  1. Mere

    Mere is a small town in Wiltshire, England. It lies at the extreme southwestern tip of Salisbury Plain close to the borders of Somerset and Dorset. There is an old market square, a chiming town clock and a large 15th century parish church of St Michael the Archangel, along with St Mary's Catholic church and also Methodist and United Reformed churches. The number of shops has halved since the A303 bypass road was opened in 1976. The steep slope of Castle Hill rises from the northwestern side of Mere. Castle Hill was the site of a relatively large castle, built in the mid-13th century by the lord of the manor, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The castle fell into disrepair in the 15th century and its stone is said to have been used to build local houses. The Duchy of Cornwall still owns large amounts of land in the area. Local industry and commerce includes the Hill Brush company, large wholesale plant nurseries and the notable Yapp's wine merchants. St Michael the Archangel is unusual, in that it has 10 misericords; those on the south side of the choir, date from the 15th century, whilst those on the north side are early 20th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mere

    mēr, n. a pool or lake.—Also Meer. [A.S. mere; Ger. and Dut. meer, L. mare, the sea.]

  2. Mere

    mēr, adj. unmixed: pure: only this and nothing else: alone: absolute.—adj. Mered (Shak.), only, entire.—adv. Mere′ly, purely, simply: only: thus and no other way: solely. [L. merus, unmixed (of wine).]

  3. Mere

    mēr, n. a boundary.—v.t. to limit or bound.—ns. Mere′stead, the land within the boundaries of a farm: Mere′stone, a stone which marks a boundary. [A.S. ge-mǽre.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mere

    An Anglo-Saxon word still in use, sometimes meaning a lake, and generally the sea itself.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2920

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Adjectives Frequency: #391

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mere in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mere in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Wise does not go by mere people’s good words as many a times a person who has been referred to be a real hero with a lot of public support has actually turned out to be not nice.

  2. John Kilduff:

    A move to put more oil on the market by Saudi Arabia and Russia would be very bearish for prices. The mere contemplation of it has hit oil prices this week.

  3. Ayn Rand:

    Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.

  4. Ronnie Rickner:

    Lest not regret. It is by mere fleeting chance that any of us exist.I do not believe the paths we take and the choices we make are an illusion as some may.Every person can alter things in their own life and even affect others, much like the stars and planets that are already set on a path of there own, affecting many others around them.The life and death of a star or even a galaxy can give us a feeling of insignificance compared to our own lives for who will care once we have all turned to dust; I say care for you the future is jus another moment in time in which we cannot regret.So live your life with no regrets and it shall be a happy one, the thought of death is the most fearful thing there is:hence why most never give it much thought.It is but a consolation dying in your bed many years from now knowing that you left nothing on the table,held nothing back and led your life full without regret.

  5. Edgar Allan Poe:

    There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.

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