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merely (adv.)

mid-15c., "solely, only, and nothing more," from mere (adj.) + -ly (2).

updated on December 29, 2018

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Definitions of merely from WordNet

merely (adv.)
and nothing more;
I was merely asking
Synonyms: simply / just / only / but
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