merely

[ meer-lee ]
/ ˈmɪər li /

adverb

only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form.
Obsolete.
  1. without admixture; purely.
  2. altogether; entirely.

Nearby words

  1. merdivorous,
  2. mere,
  3. meredith,
  4. meredith, george,
  5. meredith, owen,
  6. merengue,
  7. mereology,
  8. meres,
  9. merese,
  10. merestone

Origin of merely

First recorded in 1400–50, merely is from the late Middle English word mereli. See mere1, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for merely

merely

/ (ˈmɪəlɪ) /

adverb

only; nothing more than
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Word Origin and History for merely

merely

adv.

mid-15c., "entirely, purely," from mere (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "and nothing more" is from 1580s.

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