EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English mereli, equivalent to mere +‎ -ly.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪəli/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪɹli/
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merely (not comparable)

  1. (focus) Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more. [from 16th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Wholly, entirely. [16th–20th c.]
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica:
      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.

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Middle EnglishEdit

AdverbEdit

merely

  1. Alternative form of merily