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mere

adjective [before noun] uk   /mɪər/ us    /mɪr/
B2 used to emphasize that something is not large or important: The plane crashed 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 feel sick. People became excited at the mere mention of his name. the mere idea/possibility/prospect of something
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in Korean 단순한…
in Arabic مُجرّد…
in French simple…
in Turkish sadece, ancak, yalnız…
in Italian semplice…
in Chinese (Traditional) 只不過的,僅僅的…
in Russian всего лишь, один/одна/одно только…
in Polish sam…
in Spanish simple, mero…
in Portuguese mero, simples, não mais do que…
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…
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