Definitions for merely
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word merely.
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"
Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
purely; unmixedly; absolutely
not otherwise than; simply; barely; only
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1332
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3103
Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Adverbs Frequency: #125
The numerical value of merely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of merely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Policy will likely transition from being aggressively stimulative toward merely stimulative.
I would assume for us mortals it is merely impossible. But Shohei plays by his own rules, nothing he does surprises me at this point. Every day it is something new.
Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability, that’s why they’re not merely internal mattersand why we feel an obligation to raise these issues here today.
Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true Cling to it long enough, and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
He didn’t know if the sources were legitimate, he didn’t know whether or not the information had been corroborated. He was merely a conduit between somebody who may have had a financial interest in Libya and our nation’s top diplomat.
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- то́лькі, про́стаBelarusian
- merament, simplementCatalan, Valencian
- bloß, schier, nur, lediglichGerman
- vain, ainoastaan, pelkästäänFinnish
- uniquement, simplement, seulementFrench
- csak, csupánHungarian
- soltanto, meramente, semplicemente, solamenteItalian
- 単に, ただ, ばかりJapanese
- tantum, sōlumLatin
- louter, alleenDutch
- tʼóóNavajo, Navaho
- somente, meramentePortuguese
- abia, doarRomanian
- то́лько, про́сто, всего́-на́всего, лишьRussian
- jedino, prostoSerbo-Croatian
- yalnızca, sadeceTurkish
- лише́, ті́льки, про́стоUkrainian
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