sim·​ply | \ ˈsim-plē How to pronounce simply (audio) , for sense 1 also -pə-lē \

Definition of simply

1a : without ambiguity : clearly
b : without embellishment : plainly
2a : solely, merely eats simply to keep alive simply cleaned it up and went to bed— Garrison Keillor
b : really, literally the concert was simply marvelous often used as an intensivesimply crawling with geniuses— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ease into them or jump on them, the brakes simply don't mind being asked to absorb 150 mph's worth of energy when a Nissan Qashqai (Dutch plated, of course) suddenly pulls into the left lane. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 It’s simply stirred together by hand in a bowl and hangs out on the counter for a few hours, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Washington Post, "Soft Pretzels," 15 Jan. 2020 Moving them could also mean they are simply being dispersed as a defensive measure, Martin noted. CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 As Paula Reed Ward reports for the Priore hid illustrated pages or plates in manila envelopes, rolled up larger items, or simply carried books out of the library. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ex-Librarian and Bookseller Plead Guilty to Stealing Rare Texts Worth $8 Million From Pennsylvania Library," 15 Jan. 2020 By impeaching Trump, the House is simply charging him with misconduct; specifically, in Trump’s case, with abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress. Alana Abramson, Time, "Your Senate Impeachment Trial Questions Answered Here," 15 Jan. 2020 Now, some employers are making the policy change simply citing health concerns or health care costs — even the city of Dayton, Ohio, has joined the movement. Blake Farmer, azcentral, "U-Haul's rule against hiring smokers is raising ethics concerns," 14 Jan. 2020 This was not, Engelbert emphasized, simply a question of fairness. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract," 14 Jan. 2020 Add a plant Studies have found that simply adding plants to your desk decor can improve productivity by up to 15 percent. NBC News, "Desk makeover: I redesigned my work space to boost my productivity and mental health," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of simply

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

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

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18 Jan 2020

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“Simply.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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sim·​ply | \ ˈsim-plē How to pronounce simply (audio) \

Kids Definition of simply

1 : in a clear way The instructions are simply written.
2 : in a plain way They dressed simply.
3 : in a sincere and direct way He told the story as simply as a child would.
4 : only entry 2 sense 1, merely May I ask a question simply out of curiosity?
5 : in actual fact : really, truly The trip was simply wonderful.

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