What does merely mean?

Definitions for merely

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word merely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, butadverb

    and nothing more

    "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"


  1. merelyadverb

    Wholly, entirely.

  2. merelyadverb

    Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Merelyadverb

    Simply; only; thus and no other way; for this and for no other end or purpose.

    Etymology: from mere.

    Which thing we ourselves would grant, if the use thereof had been merely and only mystical. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    These external manners of laments
    Are merely shadows to the unseen grief,
    That swells with silence in the tortur’d soul. William Shakespeare.

    It is below reasonable creatures to be conversant in such diversions as are merely innocent, and have nothing else to recommend them. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 93.

    Above a thousand bought his almanack merely to find what he said against me. Jonathan Swift.

    Prize not your life for other ends
    Than merely to oblige your friends. Jonathan Swift.


  1. merely

    Merely can be generally defined as something that is only or just its basic form or level, with little significance or importance attached to it. It emphasizes simplicity, insignificance, or lack of complexity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merelyadverb

    purely; unmixedly; absolutely

  2. Merelyadverb

    not otherwise than; simply; barely; only

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1332

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3103

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Adverbs Frequency: #125

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of merely in a Sentence

  1. Edward Crawford:

    Before the photo was taken, the canister ... was shot and it landed a couple of feet away from me and some children standing on the sidewalk, i was not throwing the canister at the police; I was merely getting the canister away from me and the kids.

  2. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry:

    He( William) merely gave me the impression that the Other Woman, Camilla, had made an effort, which Nacho Doce/Reuters appreciated, and that was all Nacho Doce/Reuters cared to say.

  3. Georgetown University:

    A kleptocracy is merely a government that is ruled by thieves.

  4. Le Maire:

    We are merely re-establishing fiscal justice. We want to create taxation for the 21st century that is fair and efficient, we want to impose on these new business models the same rules that apply to all other economic activities.

  5. Jawaharlal Nehru:

    Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

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    B excogitate
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