Definition of 'merely'
Example sentences containing 'merely'
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That public backing is now merely sadness and sympathy as Leicester continue to crumble in alarming fashion. The Sun (2017)I have merely given them a few nudges. Times, Sunday Times (2016)While leaders say they are merely preparing for the next phase, the Russians and the regime are confident that the last rebel push has been thwarted. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is merely used to give some background to his company. Times, Sunday Times (2009)She has merely given you access to it to spend as she wishes. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Disease and dirt are not merely technical challenges. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)He merely says he wants to be her friend. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The groin problem has merely added to his troubles. Times, Sunday Times (2006)What was once funny now looks merely tetchy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)His modus operandi involved merely the use of his bicycle. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Or did this merely give them the idea? Times, Sunday Times (2006)He is not merely saying it to be kind to his wife. Coping With Sudden Hair Loss (1988)The fact that it is run by the whole family merely adds to its charm. Times, Sunday Times (2006)What seems merely promising now could soon transform elements of your life. Times, Sunday Times (2013)That the rails were deeply submerged at high tide merely added to the thrill. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They had now merely to go on waiting where they were till the household should be asleep. The Princess and the Curdie (1883)Democracy is not merely a technical matter of elections; it is a set of values. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They themselves frequently do not own land, but are merely allowed the use of it. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)Both failed dismally, and not merely for technical economic reasons. After Thatcher (1989)Some say it was merely a meeting of minds: two poetic sensibilities colliding. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Most disgraceful of all though, is the fact he was merely given a caution. The Sun (2012)We should use it not merely for footballers, but for politicians and business leaders, too. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Trends of 'merely'
Very Common. merely is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'merely'
British English: merely ADVERB
You use merely to emphasize that something is only what you say and not better, more important, or more exciting.
He is now merely a good friend.
Definition of merely from the Collins English Dictionary
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