Definition of simply in English:

simply

adverb

  • 1In a straightforward or plain manner.

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

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

Pronunciation

simply

/ˈsimplē//ˈsɪmpli/