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English definition of “mere”

mere

adjective [before noun]     /mɪər/ US  /mɪr/
B2 used to emphasize that something is not large or important: The plane crashed mere minutes after take-off. It cost a mere 20 dollars. The mere thought of it makes me ill.Of little or less importanceMerely and barelyAlmost
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