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

Origin of merely

First recorded in 1400–50, merely is from the late Middle English word mereli. See mere1, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for merely

purely, only, simply, solely, hardly, barely, quite, just, wholly, utterly

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only; nothing more than
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Word Origin and History for merely

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

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