- 1Used to emphasize how small or insignificant someone or something is: questions that cannot be answered by mere mortals the city is a mere 20 minutes from some stunning countrysideMore example sentences
- On one side, it reduces the people depicted to mere entertainment value, insignificant frogs meant only for visual dissection.
- They are observed, your Honour, for a number of reasons, some of which may be historical, but basically they are mere insignificant courtesies.
- ‘I'm open-minded,’ he said, looking down at his shoes, the mere hint of a smile playing on his lips.
- 1.1Used to emphasize that the fact of something being present in a situation is enough to influence that situation: his stomach rebelled at the mere thought of foodMore example sentences
- Apart from the fact that his mere presence attracted a crowd of over 24,000, as well as live coverage on ABC television, he didn't make much of an impact on the game.
- To hold otherwise would be, in effect,… to convict a man on his thoughts, unaccompanied by any physical act other than the fact of his mere presence.
- The permanent features of our situation seem mere brute facts - to be endured or, if possible, gotten around.
late Middle English (in the senses 'pure' and 'sheer, downright'): from Latin merus 'undiluted'.
nounBritish, chiefly • literary
- A lake or pond: the stream widens into a mere where hundreds of geese gather [in place names]: Hornsea MereMore example sentences
- Waters to head for include canals, rivers, gravel pits, lakes, ponds, meres and reservoirs.
- Little grebes breed on ponds, small lakes and meres, flooded gravel pits and beet factory settling ponds.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meer 'lake' and German Meer 'sea', from an Indo-European root shared by Russian more and Latin mare.
- A Maori war club, especially one made of greenstone.More example sentences
- This replicates a traditional Maori War Club used by Maori warriors of old.
- A Maori warrior made his mere of greenstone, an igneous rock, and ground one side to a sharp edge.
- The Mere (traditional Maori club) buried in the whales tail is a symbolic act of war.