simply

adverb
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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The photo, set against the backdrop of a romantic sunset, was captioned simply with a series of red hear emojis. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Rings Through the Years, Compared," 10 Mar. 2019 Boden and Fleck’s perspective may have simply been that girls and women are strong. Kendra James, Harper's BAZAAR, "Captain Marvel Can't Get By on Girl Power Alone," 9 Mar. 2019 In Barbe-Nicole's time, the most common method for refining the vintage was simply to open it and pour the wine into a new bottle, leaving the yeast behind. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 The basic problem: If a city or state passes strict gun control measures, people can simply cross a border to buy guns in a jurisdiction with laxer laws. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 This is Not a Love Song by Brendan Mathews No gimmicks here, no story cycles, or postmodern experiments in form, Brendan Mathews’s lovely, quietly ambitious debut collection, This is Not A Love Song, is simply a stirring exercise in world building. Vogue, "Need a Read? Here Are 4 New Books We're Loving," 26 Feb. 2019 The reason may simply be biological, not psychological. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Reasons Your Husband Doesn't Want to Have Sex," 21 Feb. 2019 Cut Loop: Cut loop carpets are simply a mix of loop pile and cut pile, making them dense and durable but also soft and plush. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 The thin-and-light gaming choices will simply be better on models with GeForce RTX. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019

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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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simply

adverb
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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