Using merely: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "merely" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I'm merely asking for your opinion.
The book is not merely a collection of poems but also includes essays and stories.
He was merely trying to help.
It's not merely a question of cost.
merely Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with merely
It's merely a matter of time before we find out the truth.
a very small or insignificant amount compared to what is needed or required
The amount of money we raised is merely a drop in the bucket compared to what we need.
to only deal with or understand a very small part of a subject or problem
We've only scratched the surface of the problem. There's still a lot more to be done.
Origins of merely
from Old English 'ge-mǣrelic', meaning 'boundary, limit'
Summary: merely in Brief
The term 'merely' [ˈmɪrli] means 'just' or 'only'. It is used to emphasize that something is not more than what it appears to be, as in 'I'm merely asking for your opinion.' 'Merely' can be used in phrases such as 'merely a matter of time,' which means something is certain to happen but has not happened yet.