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Webster 1913 Edition


Merely

Mere′ly

,
adv.
1.
Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
Ulysses was to force forth his access,
Though
merely
naked.
Chapman.
2.
Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
Prize not your life for other ends
Than
merely
to oblige your friends.
Swift.
Syn. – Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.

Webster 1828 Edition


Merely

ME'RELY

,
adv.
Purely; only; solely; thus and no other way; for this and no other purpose.
Price not your life for other ends
Than merely to oblige your friends.

Definition 2022


merely

merely

English

Adverb

merely (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Wholly, entirely. [16th-20th c.]
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      It is not forgot, since the acute and distinct Arminius was perverted meerly by the perusing of a namelesse discourse writt'n at Delf, which at first he took in hand to confute.
  2. (focus) Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more. [from 16th c.]

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