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Definitions of merely

  1. Simply; purely; only; not otherwise than. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Purely, simply: only: thus and no other way: solely. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Only; solely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Only; thus and no other way; simply. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Simply; solely. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for merely

  1. But he kept his thought to himself, and merely replied, as he took his hat: Probably you will desert me; you will find out how useless I am. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  2. " Nor yet merely to see him! – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
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