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merely adv : and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: simply, just, only, but]

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  • (UK) /ˈmɪəli/
  • (US) /ˈmɪɹli/


  1. only, just, and nothing more


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

after a fashion, alone, appreciably, at any rate, at best, at bottom, at least, at most, at the least, at the most, at the outside, at worst, barely, basically, but, comparatively, detectably, entirely, essentially, exclusively, fairly, fundamentally, in a manner, in a way, in part, in some measure, incompletely, integrally, irreducibly, just, leastwise, mildly, moderately, modestly, not comprehensively, not exhaustively, only, part, partially, partly, plainly, pro tanto, purely, relatively, scarcely, simply, simply and solely, singly, so far, solely, somewhat, thus far, to a degree, to some degree, tolerably, totally, unanalyzably, undividedly, visibly, wholly
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