Mere definition

mîr
Frequency:
(brit., dial.) A marsh.
noun
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4
(old poet.) A lake or pond.
noun
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5
Small; slight.

Could detect only the merest whisper.

adjective
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3
(obsolete) Pure; unadulterated.
adjective
5
2
A small lake, pond, or marsh.
noun
4
1
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Nothing more or other than; only (as said to be)

A mere boy.

adjective
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0
The sea.
noun
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1
The definition of mere is nothing more than or a small, unimportant thing or amount.

An example of mere is using just a teaspoon of lemon for a gallon of cake batter.

adjective
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1
Part; segment.

Blastomere.

suffix
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1
(obs.) Unmixed; pure.
adjective
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1
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An arm of the sea.
noun
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1
(chiefly brit., now dial.) A boundary.
noun
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1
Part.

Blastomere.

affix
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1
Part; segment.

Blastomere.

suffix
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1
A suffix meaning “part” or “segment,” as in blastomere, one of the cells that form a blastula.
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1
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Being nothing more than what is specified.

A mere child; a mere 50 cents an hour.

adjective
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2
Considered apart from anything else.

Shocked by the mere idea.

adjective
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(obs.) Absolute; downright.
adjective
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2

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mere
Plural:
meres

Adjective

Base Form:
mere
Superlative:
merest

Origin of mere

  • < Gr meros, a part: see merit

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English absolute, pure from Old French mier pure from Latin merus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French -mĕre from Greek meros part (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English mori- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition