only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form.
without admixture; purely.
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How to use merely in a sentence
Investors betting on Public, then, would be placing a wager on not merely future user growth, but the startup’s ability to monetize effectively in the future.Robinhood’s pain is Public’s gain as VCs rush to give it more money | Mary Ann Azevedo | February 11, 2021 | TechCrunch
Someone asks again and again and again over several years and it’s neither cute nor flattering, and it goes beyond being merely unwelcome.Outing a Celeb Sex Pest and Mourning Larry Flynt … Sorta | Eugene Robinson | February 11, 2021 | Ozy
She merely notes how surprising it is that people like you accept the premise that your good fortune is a rebuke to her reverses.Miss Manners: Time to cut ties with longtime friend? | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Big data was the jam a while back, but it turned out to be merely one piece in the broader data puzzle.Monte Carlo raises $25M for its data observability service | Alex Wilhelm | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
The NBA has academies all over the world, but it is not just merely to develop young players.Lee for 3! Can This South Korean Break the NBA Barrier? | Daniel Malloy | February 5, 2021 | Ozy
Marrying yourself merely underscores selfishness and self-interest, rather than enabling you to live singly in the best way.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Later reports say that authorities claimed to be merely escorting him back to his house arrest.
“It was not merely the work in which he had constantly grown happier that he saw taken from him,” Howells notes.
I testified merely eight feet from this monster at a preliminary hearing.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Rathod noted, SIX is not supposed to be merely the opposite of ALEC.
Janet's silence impressed Hilda: it was not merely strange--it was formidable: it affected the whole day.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
We see the whole land, even if but at a distance, instead of being limited merely to the spot where our foot treads.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Haggard merely played for the excitement, and Spunyarn because it was a lesser bore to play than to look on.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The America that they annexed to Europe was merely a new domain added to a world already old.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
But they soon fell out, for Murat had the audacity to try and make these patriots fight instead of merely seeking plunder.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for merely
only; nothing more than
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