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English definition of “mere”


adjective [always before noun]
B2 used to emphasize that something is not large or important: It costs a mere twenty dollars. The mere thought of (= Just thinking about) eating octopus makes me feel sick.Of little or less importanceMerely and barelyAlmost
the merest used to emphasize that something is small, often when it has an important effect: She's upset by the merest hint of criticism.Of little or less importanceSmallExtremely smallSmall in number and quantity
(Definition of mere from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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