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Definition of Mere


  1. A pool or lake.
  2. A boundary.
  3. To divide, limit, or bound.
  4. A mare.
  5. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
  6. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.

Mere Quotations

All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
Mahatma Gandhi

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
Thomas Jefferson

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
William Shakespeare
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Mere Translations

mere in Dutch is louter, enkel, bloot
mere in Portuguese is mero
mere in Swedish is idel, ren, blott och bar

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