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Definition of merely:

  1. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
  2. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.

Synonyms:

moreover, precisely, only when, scarcely, however, exactly, save, exclusively, except, but, nevertheless, just now, besides, solely, just, only, notwithstanding, scarce, alone, only if, and, that, still, tho, unless, plainly, yet, further, include, simply, entirely, hardly, provided, specific, barely.

Usage examples:

  • But in the main they merely listened.

    - "The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U", Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  • I thought you were merely a foolish woman.

    - "The Secret Passage", Fergus Hume.
  • But I was merely a passenger on board of the Dornoch.

    - "Fighting for the Right", Oliver Optic.