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"merely" in British English

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merelyadverb

uk   /ˈmɪə.li/  us   /ˈmɪr-/
  • merely adverb (ONLY)

B2 used to ​emphasize that you ​meanexactly 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 ​want to go.

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

"merely" in American English

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merelyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmɪər·li/
only; and nothing more: I merely said that I was ​tired. These ​columns have no ​function and are merely ​decorative.
(Definition of merely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “merely”
in Arabic مُجَرَّد…
in Korean 단지…
in Portuguese meramente, simplesmente…
in Catalan merament, simplement…
in Japanese ただ単に…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仅仅,只,不过…
in Turkish sadece, yalnızca, ancak…
in Russian только, просто, всего лишь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僅僅,只,不過…
in Italian semplicemente…
in Polish tylko, jedynie…
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