sim·​ply | \ˈsim-plē, for sense 1 also -pə-lē\

Definition of simply 

1a : without ambiguity : clearly

b : without embellishment : plainly

c : directly, candidly

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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Point one: The proper comparison is not simply Trump’s effect to its absence. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The people who populated English soccer simply were not his sort. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The American Billionaire Who Got Chewed Up by English Soccer," 30 Nov. 2018 Minneapolis 2040 believes the solution is simply more: more construction, more high-rises, and more triplexes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 To enter, players simply need to sign up through this link and enter at least one roller beetle race between tomorrow and December 24. Leif Johnson, PCWorld, "Check out this exclusive look at Guild Wars 2's jaw-dropping Infernal Leap roller beetle track," 26 Nov. 2018 There was a lack of temporality, a sense that the point of being there was not to see things, necessarily, but to simply be. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 And just as the rest of the home invites us to dance around barefoot in a sundress (an activity that Keltie proudly admits to), the bedroom is simply an extension of that vibe. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 For simply delicious recipes like our Walnut Kale Caesar Salad, Mediterranean Walnut Nachos or mouthwatering Salmon with Asian Walnut Slaw and much more, visit Good Housekeeping, "California Walnuts. So Simple. So Good.," 16 Oct. 2018 And, just to dispel any other rumors as to why Meghan was separated from the pack, People reported that the balconies are simply too small to fit everyone on one. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018

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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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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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