Definition of simply in US English:

simply

adverb

  • 1In a straightforward or plain manner.

    ‘speaking simply and from the heart’
    • ‘The situation can be seen more clearly and simply, though, in a way that is more helpful to you and to others.’
    • ‘One can put it quite simply: How can any significant journal be funded in our time?’
    • ‘Willis and Curry's ideas can in fact be expressed simply and clearly, but they never are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘When British people farmed simply and ate plainly there was no need for organic produce.’
    • ‘Looked at simply, Anne is as much a victim of her own actions as she is a victim of Stephen's.’
    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’
    • ‘The charge was that if the car business failed, then the directors could simply walk away.’
    • ‘Others simply spoke of their shock that Ali could have been capable of such a crime.’
    • ‘As annoyed at himself as he was, he simply could not remember clearly what she had said.’
    • ‘They do not change simply because new government directives tell us to do things differently.’
    • ‘To continue the walk from the rock outcrops simply head straight on along the ridge.’
    • ‘She simply straightens her back and glared at the dwarf as if trying to intimidate him in to silence.’
    • ‘Even then, it was not enough for him simply to disclose what intelligence had been gathered.’
    • ‘He was simply trying to paint a picture of a possible or intelligible immaterial world.’
    • ‘Oh come on, Mr Graber, why not simply go straight to Ebay instead of fluffing around here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the creatures slept, they simply lowered themselves straight to the ground.’
    • ‘If you'd like to have your say, simply go to our guestbook and tell us what you think.’
    • ‘Less intelligent creatures would simply sit and wait for the weather to improve.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her own passing was gentler; her family commented that she simply died of old age.’
    • ‘Where possible people should simply stop what they are doing and go straight to the protest.’
    • ‘Here is clearly a man who can't simply assimilate musical influences, as others do.’
    • ‘Now, if something on television offends you, you can simply watch something else.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that smoking is solely responsible for the current cancer epidemic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is simply not true, as a quick look at his latest Spectator article will demonstrate.’
      • ‘All three leads are simply stellar in their roles and the interactions ring absolutely true.’
      • ‘Pats are just as valuable and if you feed him or her then you are simply the best.’
      • ‘Perhaps we can't cure cancer because the problem is simply beyond our intellects.’
      • ‘This sort of testing is simply disgusting and is a totally unnecessary procedure.’
      • ‘In one sense it might seem that what Heidegger is saying is simply not true.’
      • ‘Whereas the latter may well include the former, it is simply not true the other way round.’
      • ‘As for the nation being unable to afford the Turner proposals, this is simply not true.’
      • ‘Our preconception that British television is the best in the world is simply not true.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that young people are unwilling to volunteer, she added.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is simply not true that the best thing to do is always to act first and think later.’
      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’
      • ‘What is so brilliant about Turks is, quite simply, that their story is not just about Turks.’
      • ‘Quite simply, the more that visitors come to Ilkley, the better it is the local economy.’
      • ‘The proposal was rejected because quite simply there was no money at association level to pay it.’
      • ‘This coat, you see, with its magical properties has quite simply changed my life.’
      • ‘Quite simply, there is more profit in a bag of crisps than in a pound of potatoes.’
      • ‘This is not a fitness issue but instead is quite simply down to how certain people handle intense heat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Quite simply, France has been responsible for most of the modern world's big ideas.’
      • ‘He was, quite simply, a terrific guy, and everyone here is just devastated at the news.’
      • ‘The hope is, the time will come when you quite simply have to opt in to get your digital content to work.’
      • ‘There are animal rights campaigners who quite simply get no sympathy from me at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wanted it to be simple, clean, fresh and quite simply, less dark than the old Grayblog.’
      • ‘For many in his homeland, he was quite simply the greatest Pole that ever lived.’
      • ‘Quite simply, Stewartry were guilty of far too many unforced errors in the initial stages.’
      • ‘The post-Holocaust poets also tend to be silent on the subject quite simply because it is too big.’
      • ‘Quite simply, it was a gentle giant that treated its customers with respect and loyalty.’
      • ‘Quite simply, it was about being fifteen but appealed to every jaded, cynical adult who saw it.’

Pronunciation

simply

/ˈsimplē//ˈsɪmpli/