- only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form.
- without admixture; purely.
- altogether; entirely.
Origin of merely
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Examples from the Web for merely
Later reports say that authorities claimed to be merely escorting him back to his house arrest.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
“It was not merely the work in which he had constantly grown happier that he saw taken from him,” Howells notes.The Novel That Foretold the TNR Meltdown
December 22, 2014
The final question we should ask: are they pursuing justice and the rule of law, or merely silencing those who embarrass them?Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”
Kevin M. Gallagher
December 15, 2014
As Rathod noted, SIX is not supposed to be merely the opposite of ALEC.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
I hope I can be forgiven for finding this echo more than merely coincidental.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
But can the safety of the state be secured by merely excluding the vicious poor?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It seemed, however, that he had merely been thinking intently.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Surface manifestations are, in and of themselves, merely deceptive.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
After all it might be nothing of vital importance, merely a girls' disagreement.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials.
- only; nothing more than
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Word Origin and History for merely
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