simply

adverb

sim·​ply ˈsim-plē How to pronounce simply (audio)
 for sense 1 also  -pə-lē
1
a
: without ambiguity : clearly
b
: without embellishment : plainly
2
a
: solely, merely
eats simply to keep alive
simply cleaned it up and went to bedGarrison Keillor
b
: really, literally
the concert was simply marvelous
often used as an intensive
simply crawling with geniusesF. Scott Fitzgerald

Examples of simply in a Sentence

Simply add water to the mix and stir. Simply click on the computer icon and follow the directions. If he continues to bother you, simply ignore him. You can order new checks simply by calling or going online. It is simply a matter of time before something goes wrong. The instructions are simply written. He lived simply on the farm. The diner is called simply “Joe's.” “Sorry, I can't help you,” he said simply. The problem, put simply, is money. See More
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of simply was in the 14th century

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“Simply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simply. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

simply

adverb
sim·​ply ˈsim-plē How to pronounce simply (audio)
1
a
: in a clear manner
stated the directions simply
b
: in a plain manner
simply dressed
c
: in a direct manner : candidly
told the story as simply as a child would
2
a
: for nothing more than
eats simply to keep alive
b
: without any question : truly
simply marvelous

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