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merely Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb and nothing more
    but; simply; only; just.
    • 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
WordNet

Mere"ly adverb
Definitions
  1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
    Ulysses was to force forth his access, Though merely naked. Chapman.
  2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
    Prize not your life for other ends Than merely to obige your friends. Swift.
    Syn. -- Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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