mere

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English[edit]

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Etymologies 1, 2, 3 and 4
Etymology 5

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mere, from Old English mere ‎(the sea; mere, lake), from Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri. Cognate with West Frisian mar, Dutch meer, Low German meer, Meer, German Meer, Norwegian mar (only used in combinations, such as marbakke); and (from Indo-European) with Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian мо́ре ‎(móre).

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Noun[edit]

mere ‎(plural meres)

  1. (obsolete) the sea
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      I see that it is good; now make we man to our likeness, that shall be keeper of mere & leas(ow), of fowls and fish in flood.
  2. (dialectal or literary) A pool; a small, shallow lake or pond; marsh
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    • 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber & Faber 2005, p. 194:
      Lok got to his feet and wandered along by the marshes towards the mere where Fa had disappeared.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English mere, from Old English mǣre ‎(boundary; limit), from Proto-Germanic *mēriją ‎(boundary), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ‎(to fence). Cognate with Dutch meer ‎(a limit, boundary), Icelandic mærr ‎(borderland), Swedish landamäre ‎(border, borderline, boundary).

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Noun[edit]

mere ‎(plural meres)

  1. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      The Troian Brute did first that Citie found, / And Hygate made the meare thereof by West, / And Ouert gate by North: that is the bound / Toward the land; two riuers bound the rest.

Verb[edit]

mere ‎(third-person singular simple present meres, present participle mering, simple past and past participle mered)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To set divisions and bounds.
  3. (cartography) To decide upon the position of a boundary; to position it on a map.
    • 2016 April 1, David EM Andrews, “Merely a question of boundaries.”, in Sheetlines[1], The Charles Close Society, ISSN 0962-8207:
      What chance is there of revising this example of case law to include an exception to the generally cited rule when an administrative boundary has been mered in the past to coincide with a private property boundary?
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English mǣre ‎(famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling), from Proto-Germanic *mērijaz ‎(excellent, famous), from Proto-Indo-European *mēros ‎(large, handsome). Cognate with Middle High German mære ‎(famous), Icelandic mærr ‎(famous).

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Adjective[edit]

mere ‎(comparative more mere, superlative most mere)

  1. (obsolete) famous.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Anglo-Norman meer, from Old French mier, from Latin merus. Perhaps influenced by Old English mǣre ‎(famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling), or conflated with Etymology 3.

Adjective[edit]

mere ‎(comparative merer, superlative merest)

  1. (obsolete) Pure, unalloyed [8th-17thc.].
  2. (obsolete) Nothing less than; complete, downright [15th-18thc.].
    I saved a mere 10 pounds this week.
  3. Just, only; no more than [from 16thc.], pure and simple, neither more nor better than might be expected.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion:
      More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106:
      Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
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Etymology 5[edit]

From Maori mere ‎(more).

Noun[edit]

mere ‎(plural meres)

  1. a Maori war-club

Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: condition · sleep · ex · #688: mere · agreement · ship · third

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere

  1. plural of meer

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse meiri ‎(more), from Proto-Germanic *maizô.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /meːrə/, [ˈmeːɐ]

Adjective[edit]

mere

  1. more; to a higher degree
    Han er mere højtidelig end jeg er.
    He is more solemn than I am.
  2. more; in greater quantity
    I har mere plads end jeg har.
    You have more space than I do.

Usage notes[edit]

"Mere", in the second sense, is only used with uncountable nouns. For countable nouns, use flere.


Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere

  1. Genitive singular form of meri.

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mere f

  1. feminine plural of mero

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

merē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of mereō

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch mēro, from Proto-Germanic *maizô.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. greater, larger
  2. older

Antonyms[edit]

Determiner[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. more

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Adverb[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. more, to a greater degree

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French mere medre, from Latin mater, matrem.

Noun[edit]

mere f (plural meres)

  1. mother (female family member)
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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri ‎(sea). Cognate with Old Frisian mere (West Frisian mar), Old Saxon meri (Low German Meer, meer), Dutch meer, Old High German meri (German Meer), Old Norse marr (Swedish mar). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin mare, Old Irish muir (Breton mor), Old Church Slavonic море (Russian море), Lithuanian mãre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere m

  1. sea, ocean
  2. lake, body of water

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier medre, from Latin mater, matrem.

Noun[edit]

mere f ‎(oblique plural meres, nominative singular mere, nominative plural meres)

  1. mother (female family member)
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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere n pl

  1. plural of măr