1. Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
Ulysses was to force forth his access,
Though merely naked. --Chapman.
2. Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
Prize not your life for other ends
Than merely to oblige your friends. --Swift.
Syn: -- Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.
adv : 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" [syn: simply,
just, only, but]