Definition of merely adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪəli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪrli//
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used meaning ‘only’ or ‘simply’ to emphasize a fact or something that you are saying It is not merely a job, but a way of life. He said nothing, merely smiled and watched her. They agreed to go merely because they were getting paid for it. I'm merely stating what everybody knows anyway.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: merely