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mere 1

 (mîr)
adj. Superlative mer·est
1. Being nothing more than what is specified: a mere child; a mere 50 cents an hour.
2. Considered apart from anything else: shocked by the mere idea.
3. Small; slight: could detect only the merest whisper.
4. Obsolete Pure; unadulterated.

[Middle English, absolute, pure, from Old French mier, pure, from Latin merus.]

mere 2

 (mîr)
n.
A small lake, pond, or marsh: "Sometimes on lonely mountain meres / I find a magic bark" (Tennyson).

[Middle English, from Old English; see mori- in Indo-European roots.]

mere

(mɪə)
adj, superlative merest
being nothing more than something specified: she is a mere child.
[C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed]

mere

(mɪə)
n
1. (Physical Geography) archaic or dialect a lake or marsh
2. (Physical Geography) obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
[Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare]

mere

(mɪə)
n
(Historical Terms) archaic a boundary or boundary marker
[Old English gemǣre]

mere

(ˈmɛrɪ)
n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) NZ a short flat striking weapon
[Māori]

mere1

(mɪər)

adj. superl. mer•est.
1. being nothing more nor better than what is specified: a mere child.
2. Obs.
a. pure.
b. absolute or unqualified.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin merus pure]
mere′ly, adv.

mere2

(mɪər)

n.
1. a lake or pond.
2. Obs. the sea.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English; c. Old Frisian mere, Old High German meri, Old Norse marr, Gothic marei, Old Irish muir, Latin mare]

mere3

(mɪər)

n.
a boundary or boundary marker.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English(ge)mǣre, c. Middle Dutch mēre, Old Norse mǣri; akin to Latin mūrus wall, rim]

-mere

a combining form meaning “part,” “segment,” “unit,” used esp. in terms describing structures or divisions of a cell: blastomere; centromere.
[comb. form representing Greek méros]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mere - a small pond of standing watermere - a small pond of standing water  
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
pond, pool - a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing"
Adj.1.mere - being nothing more than specified; "a mere child"
specified - clearly and explicitly stated; "meals are at specified times"
2.mere - apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

mere

adjective
1. simple, merely, no more than, nothing more than, just, common, plain, pure, pure and simple, unadulterated, unmitigated, unmixed It proved to be a mere trick of fate.
2. bare, slender, trifling, meagre, just, only, basic, no more than, minimal, scant, paltry, skimpy, scanty Cigarettes were a mere 2 cents a packet.

mere

adjective
Considered apart from anything else:
Translations
مُجَرَدُمُجَردَ
pouhýprostý
blotkunmindste
pelkkä
puki
puszta
sem er ekkert meira en
ほんの
단순한
paprasčiausiaitiktai
niecīgākaistīrais
bara
เพียงเท่านั้น
chỉ là

mere

1 [mɪəʳ] Nlago m

mere

2 [mɪəʳ] ADJ (merest (superl)) → mero, simple
the mere fact thatel mero or simple hecho de que ...
the merest jolt can upset the balance of the wheelsla más mínima sacudida puede desequilibrar las ruedas
it was sold for a mere £45lo vendieron por apenas 45 libras
a mere child could do itincluso un niño podría hacerlo
I was a mere child when I married himno era más que una niña cuando me casé con él, era solamente una niña cuando me casé con él
a mere formalityuna mera or pura or simple formalidad
the merest hint of a smileapenas un atisbo de sonrisa
a mere manun hombre nada más or (LAm) nomás
it's way beyond the abilities of mere mortals like usestá más allá de la capacidad del común de los mortales como nosotros
a mere nothingcasi nada
the mere sight of blood is enough to make her faintsólo con ver la sangre or con sólo ver la sangre se desmaya
the merest suggestion of sthla mera sugerencia de algo
see also mention A1

mere

[ˈmɪər] adj
(= just, simple) → simple before n
It's a mere formality → C'est une simple formalité.
In Poland, the faith has always meant more than mere religion → En Pologne, la foi a toujours voulu dire plus que la simple religion.
to be mere ... → n'être que ...
They were mere puppets → Ils n'étaient que des marionnettes.
the mere .... (= just the) [+ fact, suggestion, mention, absence] → le simple ...(la)
The mere mention of food made her feel sick → La simple mention de la nourriture la rendait malade.
(= only) a mere five percent → seuls cinq pour cent
Sixty per cent of teachers are women, but a mere 5 percent of women are heads or deputies → Soixante pour cent des enseignants sont des femmes mais seuls cinq pour cent sont principales ou principales adjointes.
to be a mere ... (= cost only) → ne coûter que ...
Tickets are a mere £7.50 at the door → Les billets ne coûtent que 7,50 livres à la porte.
the merest (= slightest) → le moindre(la), le plus petit(la plus petite)
the merest hint of criticism → le moindre soupçon de critique, le plus petit soupçon de critique

mere

1
n (poet)See m

mere

2
adj
bloß; formality also, nonsenserein; a mere mortalein gewöhnlicher Sterblicher, eine gewöhnliche Sterbliche; he’s a mere clerker ist bloß ein kleiner Angestellter; a mere 3%/two hoursbloß or lediglich 3%/zwei Stunden; a mere nothingeine (bloße) Lappalie; but she’s a mere childaber sie ist doch noch ein Kind!; the mere thought of food made me hungryschon or allein beim Gedanken an Essen bekam ich Hunger; the mere sight of him makes me shiversein bloßer Anblick lässt es mir kalt über den Rücken laufen; the mere fact that we have won is enoughallein die Tatsache, dass wir gewonnen haben, genügt
the merest … (= slightest)der/die/das kleinste; suspicion, signder/die/das geringste; the merest hint of any corruptiondas geringste Zeichen von Korruption; they giggle at the merest mention of sexsie kichern jedes Mal, wenn Sex auch nur erwähnt wird

mere

[mɪəʳ] adj (formality) → semplice, puro/a (before n); (thought) → solo/a (before n); (chance, coincidence) → puro/a (before n)
she's a mere child → non è che una bambina, è solo una bambina
the mere sight of him irritates her → solo a vederlo s'arrabbia
she's a mere secretary → è una semplice segretaria
by the merest chance → per mero caso

mere

(miə) adjective
no more than or no better than. a mere child; the merest suggestion of criticism.
ˈmerely adverb
simply or only. I was merely asking a question.

mere

مُجَرَدُ pouhý kun bloß σκέτος mero pelkkä simple puki mero ほんの 단순한 slechts bare zwykły mero простой bara เพียงเท่านั้น sadece chỉ là 仅仅的
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A woman of brilliance and audacity, accompanied by a mere boy, came into the place and took seats near them.
Twixt the spurious heavenly, And spurious earthly, Round us roving, round us soaring,-- MERE FOOL
Carlyle called democracy 'mobocracy' and considered it a mere bad piece of social and political machinery, or, in his own phrase, a mere
So Sir Bedivere told the King how truly this time he had cast away the sword, and how an arm "clothed in white samite, mystic, wonderful," had caught it and drawn it under the mere.
In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading, or point-blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing to learn; but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket-pistols compared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.
Would the mere sight of my face lead any one to form of me a favourable opinion?
From the first the mere anecdote, the mere statement I might say, that such a thing had happened on the high seas, appeared to me a sufficient subject for meditation.
The length of passages, the growing sense of solitude, the close dependence upon the very forces that, friendly to-day, without changing their nature, by the mere putting forth of their might, become dangerous to-morrow, make for that sense of fellowship which modern seamen, good men as they are, cannot hope to know.
Surely there can be nothing in mere size, abstractly considered there can be nothing in mere bulk, so far as a volume is concerned, which has so continuously elicited admiration from these saturnine pamphlets
He could live in "Europe," as he had been in the habit of living, on the product of these flourishing New York leases, and all the better since, that of the second structure, the mere number in its long row, having within a twelvemonth fallen in, renovation at a high advance had proved beautifully possible.
They may, however, say that we pay dearly for this by having the land covered with mere naked skeletons for so many months.
You know perfectly well that the mere idea of marriage has always scared you.