Definition of simply in English:



  • 1In a straightforward or plain manner.

    ‘she spoke simply and from the heart’
    • ‘He pointed out simply and clearly that she had been a great player - and that she still was.’
    • ‘Looked at simply, Anne is as much a victim of her own actions as she is a victim of Stephen's.’
    • ‘One can put it quite simply: How can any significant journal be funded in our time?’
    • ‘Put simply, transits are a map of the current planetary positions at any given time.’
    • ‘To put it quite simply, how can we have a bomber or bombers in the absence of a bomb?’
    • ‘Willis and Curry's ideas can in fact be expressed simply and clearly, but they never are.’
    • ‘The situation can be seen more clearly and simply, though, in a way that is more helpful to you and to others.’
    • ‘When British people farmed simply and ate plainly there was no need for organic produce.’
    • ‘She says fritters cooked simply is the best way to make it so it retains its unique flavour.’
    plainly, without adornment, without decoration, without ornament, without ornamentation, without embellishment, soberly, unfussily, unelaborately, unostentatiously, without frills
    straightforwardly, directly
    unpretentiously, modestly, naturally, quietly
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  • 2Merely; just.

    ‘simply complete the application form’
    • ‘Now, if something on television offends you, you can simply watch something else.’
    • ‘It would be quite cruel of you to simply leave your dearest friends in the lurch in that manner!’
    • ‘Her own passing was gentler; her family commented that she simply died of old age.’
    • ‘As annoyed at himself as he was, he simply could not remember clearly what she had said.’
    • ‘She simply spoke with her aunt, talking of the year that had passed since they had last seen one another.’
    • ‘Instead of simply giving the drawing back to the child, the guard tore it up in front of him.’
    • ‘If you'd like to have your say, simply go to our guestbook and tell us what you think.’
    • ‘When the creatures slept, they simply lowered themselves straight to the ground.’
    • ‘Oh come on, Mr Graber, why not simply go straight to Ebay instead of fluffing around here.’
    • ‘The charge was that if the car business failed, then the directors could simply walk away.’
    • ‘He was simply trying to paint a picture of a possible or intelligible immaterial world.’
    • ‘Here is clearly a man who can't simply assimilate musical influences, as others do.’
    • ‘Even then, it was not enough for him simply to disclose what intelligence had been gathered.’
    • ‘Where possible people should simply stop what they are doing and go straight to the protest.’
    • ‘To continue the walk from the rock outcrops simply head straight on along the ridge.’
    • ‘Less intelligent creatures would simply sit and wait for the weather to improve.’
    • ‘There's simply not enough data to make a clear case for or against probiotics.’
    • ‘They do not change simply because new government directives tell us to do things differently.’
    • ‘She simply straightens her back and glared at the dwarf as if trying to intimidate him in to silence.’
    • ‘Others simply spoke of their shock that Ali could have been capable of such a crime.’
    merely, just, purely, solely, only, for no other reason
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    1. 2.1[as submodifier]Absolutely; completely (used for emphasis)
      ‘it makes Trevor simply furious’
      • ‘In one sense it might seem that what Heidegger is saying is simply not true.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that smoking is solely responsible for the current cancer epidemic.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that young people are unwilling to volunteer, she added.’
      • ‘This is simply not true, as a quick look at his latest Spectator article will demonstrate.’
      • ‘The suggestion that she only rubs shoulders with the rich and famous is simply not true.’
      • ‘This sort of testing is simply disgusting and is a totally unnecessary procedure.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that the best thing to do is always to act first and think later.’
      • ‘He combined simply lovely tunes with intelligent, humane and often very funny lyrics.’
      • ‘Whereas the latter may well include the former, it is simply not true the other way round.’
      • ‘All three leads are simply stellar in their roles and the interactions ring absolutely true.’
      • ‘As for the nation being unable to afford the Turner proposals, this is simply not true.’
      • ‘The competition has claimed that our customers are unhappy with us but that simply isn't true.’
      • ‘It has often been reported that he put on two stone over one summer but he says that is simply not true.’
      • ‘There is simply insufficient evidence before me as to the true cause of the failure of Wines.’
      • ‘Our preconception that British television is the best in the world is simply not true.’
      • ‘Pats are just as valuable and if you feed him or her then you are simply the best.’
      • ‘That is simply not true, and that is why the Government is in such a mess on this stuff.’
      • ‘Perhaps we can't cure cancer because the problem is simply beyond our intellects.’
      • ‘It is simply unkind to force people in Reg's position to travel overseas to get their last wish.’
      • ‘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.’
      utterly, absolutely, completely, positively, really, totally
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    2. 2.2[sentence adverb]Used to introduce a short summary of a situation.
      ‘quite simply, some things have to be taught’
      • ‘There are animal rights campaigners who quite simply get no sympathy from me at all.’
      • ‘The post-Holocaust poets also tend to be silent on the subject quite simply because it is too big.’
      • ‘Quite simply, Stewartry were guilty of far too many unforced errors in the initial stages.’
      • ‘The proposal was rejected because quite simply there was no money at association level to pay it.’
      • ‘This is not a fitness issue but instead is quite simply down to how certain people handle intense heat.’
      • ‘We didn't have much of a chance quite simply because the car was not quick enough.’
      • ‘Quite simply, France has been responsible for most of the modern world's big ideas.’
      • ‘At the heart of the disputes was quite simply the principle upon which power should rest.’
      • ‘Quite simply, it was about being fifteen but appealed to every jaded, cynical adult who saw it.’
      • ‘It is, quite simply, one of the best ever role-playing games created on any platform.’
      • ‘I wanted it to be simple, clean, fresh and quite simply, less dark than the old Grayblog.’
      • ‘Quite simply, the more that visitors come to Ilkley, the better it is the local economy.’
      • ‘The hope is, the time will come when you quite simply have to opt in to get your digital content to work.’
      • ‘This coat, you see, with its magical properties has quite simply changed my life.’
      • ‘He was, quite simply, a terrific guy, and everyone here is just devastated at the news.’
      • ‘Quite simply, there is more profit in a bag of crisps than in a pound of potatoes.’
      • ‘It was quite simply a joy to behold, not for York of course, but even they had to admit it wasn't a wasted trip.’
      • ‘What is so brilliant about Turks is, quite simply, that their story is not just about Turks.’
      • ‘For many in his homeland, he was quite simply the greatest Pole that ever lived.’
      • ‘Quite simply, it was a gentle giant that treated its customers with respect and loyalty.’