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Meaning of “mere” in the English Dictionary

"mere" in British English

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mereadjective [before noun]

uk   /mɪər/  us   /mɪr/
B2 used to ​emphasize that something is not ​large or ​important: The ​planecrashed mere ​minutes after ​take-off. It ​cost a mere 20 ​dollars.
used to ​emphasize how ​strongly someone ​feels about something or how ​extreme a ​situation is: The mere thought of it (= just ​thinking about it) makes me ​feelsick. People ​becameexcited at the mere mention of his ​name. the mere idea/​possibility/​prospect of something

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(Definition of mere from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mere" in American English

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mereadjective [not gradable]

 us   /mɪər/
nothing more than; nothing more ​important than: The mere ​fact that Greene ​plays for the ​Yankees gives him a lot of ​visibility. The ​cityreceives a mere 20% of the ​parkingrevenues.
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Translations of “mere”
in Korean 단순한…
in Arabic مُجرّد…
in Malaysian cuma…
in French simple…
in Russian всего лишь, один/одна/одно только…
in Chinese (Traditional) 只不過的,僅僅的…
in Italian semplice…
in Turkish sadece, ancak, yalnız…
in Polish sam…
in Spanish simple, mero…
in Vietnamese chỉ là…
in Portuguese mero, simples, não mais do que…
in Thai เพียงเท่านั้น…
in German bloß, rein…
in Catalan mer, simple…
in Japanese たった(少ないことを強調する)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 只不过的,仅仅的…
in Indonesian hanya…
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