sim·ply | \ˈsim-plē, for sense 1 also -pə-lē\

Definition of simply 

1a : without ambiguity : clearly

b : without embellishment : plainly

c : directly, candidly

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 intensive simply 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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But anthology Castle Rock, premiering Wednesday, July 25, simply does not have the can’t-look-away draw of The Handmaid’s Tale., "Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Two days to find a replacement following an unforeseen death simply makes no sense. The Aegis, "Hard look needed at election problems in Maryland [Editorial]," 12 July 2018 The next evening, departing from the presidential tradition of simply making an appearance at each inaugural ball, Clinton projected vitality all night long, soaking up the energy from a dozen different celebrations held in his honor. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Kennedy may have simply taken the hint and offered a suggestion of his own on the way out. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Did Anthony Kennedy make a deal with Trump?," 10 July 2018 The resolution simply put forth that mother’s milk is the healthiest option for infants and that countries should work to limit any misleading or inaccurate advertising by makers of breast-milk substitutes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials," 9 July 2018 But this may be because GDP reflects the value of final goods, not simply their volume. The Economist, "China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse," 7 July 2018 Orange simply makes the conversation more authentic. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "'There There' weaves a powerful tale of contemporary urban Native Americans," 2 July 2018 Furthermore, for Selena Gomez, marrying Justin Bieber could very possibly feel akin to marrying your high school boyfriend at age 25, which a lot of people, in 2018, simply do not want to do. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "You Really Don’t Need to Worry About Selena Gomez," 11 July 2018

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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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sim·ply | \ˈsim-plē \

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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