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Synonyms for merely

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    solely, plainly, hardly, alone, barely, exclusively, only if, but, only, entirely, just, scarce, just now, simply, precisely, only when, exactly, scarcely

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. merely

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    Synonyms:
    and, barely, besides, but, except, further, however, just, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, only, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. merely(ad.)

    Synonyms:
    simply, purely, only, solely, barely

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. merely(a)

    Synonyms:
    purely, absolutely, simply, barely, only

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    simply, only, just, purely, solely, simple, alone, exclusively

How to pronounce merely?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say merely in sign language?

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How to use merely in a sentence?

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    God is not merely interested in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men. He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.

  2. Sherry Campagna:

    Blocking debates from happening through non-participation is the opposite of democracy, i’ve asked for a debate. I have received silence for merely presenting a choice.

  3. Acting ICE Director Matt Albence:

    We are doing targeted enforcement actions against specific individuals who have had their day in immigration court and have been ordered to be removed by an immigration judge, we are merely executing those lawfully issued judges orders.

  4. George Gallup:

    Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.

  5. Kimon Nicolaides:

    Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see -- to see correctly -- and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.


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