mero(
meh
-
roh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pure)
a. mere
El mero pensamiento de su exesposa lo altera.The mere thought of his ex-wife makes him upset.
b. simple
El mero hecho de que se divorciara no debe excluirla de la candidatura.The simple fact that she is divorced should not exclude her from candidacy.
2. (used for emphasis)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. very
Él esperó hasta el mero día de su boda para suspender el matrimonio.He waited until the very day of their wedding to call off the marriage.
b. exact (time or moment)
Aun cuando piensas que va a llegar tarde, él llega a la mera hora que lo necesites.Even when you think he'll be late, he arrives at the exact time you need him.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (just about)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. almost
Por favor, dejen de preguntarme. Ya mero llegamos.Please stop asking me. We are almost there.
b. nearly
Gracias a Dios que estaba el salvavidas para rescatarme. ¡Mero me ahogo!Thank goodness the lifeguard was there to rescue me. I nearly drowned!
4. (exactly)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. just
Como no tienes mapa, puedes seguir a mi hermano. Él va mero adelante.Since you don't have a map, you can follow my brother. He's just ahead.
b. right
Puedes dejar el escritorio aquí mero en el rincón de la habitación.You can leave the desk right here in the corner of the room.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (animal)
a. grouper
Mi hermano es un biólogo marino especializado en las costumbres de desove del mero.My brother is a marine biologist who specializes in the spawning patterns of the grouper.
6. (culinary)
a. grouper
De todos los pescados que le gusta comer, mi papá prefiere el mero.Of all the fish that he likes to eat, my dad prefers grouper.
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mero
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (simple)
a. mere
una mera excusajust an excuse
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
me lo contó él merohe told me himself o in person
en el mero centroright in the center
el mero merothe big shot
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (exactamente)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
aquí meroright here
ya meroright now
4. (casi)
a. nearly, almost
mero me matoI nearly o almost got killed
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (pez)
a. grouper
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mero
adjective
1 (simple) mere; simple
el mero hecho de ... the mere o simple fact of ...; les detuvieron por el mero hecho de protestar they were arrested merely o simply for protesting; soy un mero espectador I'm only o just a spectator
permanezco muy sereno porque observo los toros desde la barrera;soy un mero espectador de los hechos
es algo más que un mero producto de consumo it is more than just a consumer product; it is more than a mere consumer product; fue una mera casualidad it was pure coincidence
2 (México) (exacto) precise; exact
a la mera hora right on time; when it comes down to it (familiar)
3 (México) (justo) right
en el momento mero at the right moment
4 (México) (mismo)
el mero centro the very centre; la mera verdad the plain truth; el mero Pedro Pedro himself; en la mera calle right there on the street; en la mera esquina right on the corner; tu mero papá your own father
adverb
1 (Centroamérica) (México) (justo) right; just
aquí mero (exacto) right here; just here; (cerca) near here; ¡eso mero! right!; you've got it!
2 (Centroamérica) (México)
ahora mero (ahora mismo) right now; (pronto) in a minute; ¡ya mero! just coming!; ya mero llega he'll be here any minute now; él va mero adelante he's just ahead
3 (Centroamérica) (de verdad) really; truly
4 (México) (muy) very
5 (México) (hace poco) just
ahora mero llegó he's just got here
6 (And) (solo) only
el mero mero (México) the boss (familiar)
mero
(Pesca) grouper
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Phrases with "mero"
Here are the most popular phrases with "mero." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
ya mero
almost
tu mero mole
your jam
mero mole
jam
ya mero llego
I'm almost there
Examples
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