simply

adverb sim·ply \ ˈsim-plē , for sense 1 also -pə-lē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of simply

1 a : without ambiguity : clearly
b : without embellishment : plainly
2 a : 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

  1. Simply add water to the mix and stir.

  2. Simply click on the computer icon and follow the directions.

  3. If he continues to bother you, simply ignore him.

  4. You can order new checks simply by calling or going online.

  5. It is simply a matter of time before something goes wrong.

  6. The instructions are simply written.

  7. He lived simply on the farm.

  8. The diner is called simply “Joe's.”

  9. “Sorry, I can't help you,” he said simply.

  10. The problem, put simply, is money.

Recent Examples of simply from the Web

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First Known Use of simply

14th century


SIMPLY Defined for Kids

simply

adverb sim·ply \ ˈsim-plē \

Definition of simply for Students

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 : 2only 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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