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English definition of “merely”

merely

adverb (ONLY)    /ˈmɪə.li/ US  /ˈmɪr-/
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
(Definition of merely adverb (ONLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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