Definition of simply in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsimplē/


1In a straightforward or plain manner: speaking simply and from the heart
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  • He pointed out simply and clearly that she had been a great player - and that she still was.
  • Willis and Curry's ideas can in fact be expressed simply and clearly, but they never are.
  • When British people farmed simply and ate plainly there was no need for organic produce.
straightforwardly, directly, clearly, plainly, intelligibly, lucidly, unambiguously
plainly, without adornment, without decoration, without ornament/ornamentation, soberly, unfussily, unelaborately, classically
unpretentiously, modestly, quietly
2Merely; just: simply complete the application form
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  • Oh come on, Mr Graber, why not simply go straight to Ebay instead of fluffing around here.
  • To continue the walk from the rock outcrops simply head straight on along the ridge.
  • When the creatures slept, they simply lowered themselves straight to the ground.
2.1 [as submodifier] Absolutely; completely (used for emphasis): it makes Terry simply furious
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  • It is simply not true that young people are unwilling to volunteer, she added.
  • Telling someone you love them is so not enough, you have to act in such a way to back that up else it simply isn't true.
  • This is simply not true, as a quick look at his latest Spectator article will demonstrate.
utterly, absolutely, completely, positively, really
informal plain
2.2 [sentence adverb] Used to introduce a short summary of a situation: quite simply, some things have to be taught
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  • Quite simply, it was about being fifteen but appealed to every jaded, cynical adult who saw it.
  • The post-Holocaust poets also tend to be silent on the subject quite simply because it is too big.
  • It is, quite simply, one of the best ever role-playing games created on any platform.

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Syllabification: sim·ply

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