simply

adverb
sim·​ply | \ ˈsim-plē , 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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Every year, simply go out to the garage and pull out a tree, then, after a few weeks of festive cheer, flat-pack it away again for efficient storage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fake Christmas Trees Are the Future and That's a Good Thing for Everyone—and Their Carpets," 18 Dec. 2018 But that simply goes to show that Trump didn’t interview enough people. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about the Fed while appointing people who don’t agree with his complaints," 12 Dec. 2018 Even simply going outside for some fresh air and a brief walk can help clear your head. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 So while some of these supplements attempt to do the same (Ketoburn provides beta carotene), consuming supplemental forms of antioxidants simply does not have the same biochemical effect as drinking them in their most natural form. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 On its own, scholars say, simply having his businesses continue to interact abroad may not necessarily mean Trump is running afoul of the Constitution. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 This doesn't simply have an impact on sea life and coastal communities; there are implications for every single person on the planet. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 According to Daily Mail, Ferguson is not among the 250 people who made the guest list, with many wondering if Charles simply doesn’t have time for someone who is not technically a member of the royal family anymore. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reportedly don't invite Sarah Ferguson to royal wedding event," 2 Oct. 2018 There's no deeper meaning here: KonMari is simply the combination of Mari Kondo's first and last and first name. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the KonMari Method? Here's How to Declutter the Marie Kondo Way," 11 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 \

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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