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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Ball’s feel for the game and court vision are simply unmatched for someone his age. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Did the Warriors make a mistake by taking James Wiseman over LaMelo Ball?," 20 Feb. 2021 Scorsese is simply nostalgic for what used to be populist — the edification of uplifting, revelatory art. Armond White, National Review, "Scorsese’s Nostalgic Lament Hides a Backlash," 19 Feb. 2021 Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the energy grid operator for most of the state, said that the state’s power system was simply no match for the deep freeze. Erin Douglas, Kate Mcgee, Chron, "Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes," 18 Feb. 2021 Some supporters are simply resentful of Black or Hispanic people and never happy about civil rights laws that stretch back to the 1960s, some residents said,speaking on condition of anonymity. David Jackson And Evan Lasseter, USA TODAY, "'Around here, Trump is king.' How Marjorie Taylor Greene got to Congress by running as the MAGA candidate," 18 Feb. 2021 This forces ever more people onto a road network that is simply too extensive to maintain, a problem exacerbated by winter weather, when ice and snow add to already hazardous conditions. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "What Dallas can learn from the blizzard of ’21," 18 Feb. 2021 Her advice for fellow Black women wanting to grown their hair out is simply patience. Jada Jackson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Simone Williams, The Woman With The World's Largest Afro, Shows Off Her Hair Routine," 17 Feb. 2021 But most of all, the Thunder simply aren’t very good. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 16 Feb. 2021 CBDCs are simply a digital version of cash—the physical money issued by central banks. The Economist, "What is the fuss over central-bank digital currencies?," 16 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of simply

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

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

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25 Feb 2021

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“Simply.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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