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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Without massive broadcast deals, women’s team sports simply don’t have the revenues to support the blockbuster salaries and bonuses that exist on the men’s side. Brett Knight, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Americans simply aren’t accustomed to expecting much from their government. Claudio Araujo, Scientific American, 18 May 2022 Economists say there simply isn’t enough housing built for an area with plentiful jobs and idyllic weather. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 According to co-founder Arman Oganesyan, religious practice didn’t motivate the decision — to the four Dave’s founders, the halal tenders were simply a better product. oregonlive, 17 May 2022 The major questions will be in goal, where Andrei Vasilevskiy is simply better than Sergei Bobrovsky, and coaching adjustments. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 The building that’s home to the murals, her office said, simply is not safe. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 Saverio Costanzo's My Brilliant Friend, which is sure to finish lower down on this list, but for now, is simply brilliant. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 No one is inherently racist simply because their skin is a certain color, and teaching so is counterproductive. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of simply

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

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20 May 2022

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“Simply.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for simply


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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