What does merely mean?

Definitions for merely
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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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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Numerology

  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. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart:

    Policy will likely transition from being aggressively stimulative toward merely stimulative.

  2. Jared Walsh:

    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.

  3. Anthony Blinken:

    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.

  4. Robert Frost:

    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.

  5. Trey Gowdy:

    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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