English version

merely

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmerelymere‧ly /ˈmɪəli $ ˈmɪrli/ ●●○ W2 adverb 🔊 🔊 1 used to emphasize how small or unimportant something or someone is syn only 🔊 He’s merely a boy – you can’t expect him to understand.2 ONLYused to emphasize that nothing more than what you say is involved syn just 🔊 We’re merely good friends. 🔊 He merely shrugged and walked away.3 not merely/rather than merely
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merelyHe was merely a boy! I wouldn't have expected him to understand.I wondered if the girl had meant more to him than being merely a casual friend.Today people want more from working life than merely a paycheck.So it is possible that the difference between Mill and Bentham here is merely apparent.The President's position is merely ceremonial; it is the Chancellor who holds real power.You don't have to finish first in each race, merely in the leading group.But both companies' increase in money sales merely matched the six-fold increase in the retail prices index over the 20 years.If you merely mean some sort of intuitive intelligence, then I hope I am psychic.Unless managers see the control process through to its conclusion, they are merely monitoring performance rather than exercising control.As Foreman became angrier and angrier, Paula merely smiled.The Speaker calls upon the Minister in charge who merely stands up and nods.Control was merely the essential prerequisite to constructive administration.You are not there to teach, but merely to supervise the children.The committee does not blame any individual; we are merely trying to find out how the accident happened.
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