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English definition of “merely”

merely

adverb uk   /ˈmɪə.li/ us    /ˈmɪr-/

merely adverb (ONLY)

B2 used to emphasize that you mean exactly what you are saying and nothing more: I wasn't complaining, I merely said that I was tired. I didn't say that you had to go - I merely suggested that you might like to go.Merely and barelyAlmost

merely adverb (NOT LARGE/IMPORTANT)

C2 used to emphasize that something is not large, important, or effective when compared to something else: The medicine won't cure her - it merely stops the pain.
(Definition of merely from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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