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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But McWilliams does not believe in simply mixing old architecture with new art—that would be too obvious. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 The manual may include a reference to Energy Conserving oils, which simply means that the oil has passed a lab test against a reference oil. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 Rather than lathering on a transformative layer of paint, whitewashing simply adds a muted coating that still maintains the original wood allure. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Whitewash Wood Furniture: 8 Easy Steps for Your Next Furniture Makeover," 19 Apr. 2019 Many insurers also require patients to rack up monthly rental fees rather than simply pay for a CPAP. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 The first episode of season 2 revealed that Mayhem isn’t simply Brigid’s alter ego, as was speculated by fans, but actually a totally different character altogether. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" Season 2 Throws Fresh Villains in the Mix and New Social Issues to Tackle," 9 Apr. 2019 Peloton is simply breaking down barriers to entry, Bogg explains, especially for groups like moms with a million valid reasons not to workout. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019 Some simply took Hardwick's second kiss an awkward interaction or a mistake. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Actor Omari Hardwick Kissed Beyoncé Twice at the NAACP Image Awards and Her Fans Were Not Happy," 1 Apr. 2019 Put simply: Contrary to popular belief, makeup primers don't have to be labeled as such to do what they're supposed to: prep your skin for makeup. Allure, "13 Makeup Primers and Alternatives for People Who Hate Primer," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of simply

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

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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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