Definitions for simpleˈsɪm pəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sim•pleˈsɪm pəl(adj.; n.)-pler, -plest
(adj.)easy to understand or deal with.
not elaborate or complicated; plain; unembellished:
a simple design.
not ornate or luxurious; unadorned:
a simple dress.
unaffected; unassuming; modest.
occurring or considered alone; mere; bare:
the simple truth.
free of deceit or guile; sincere; artless.
common or ordinary:
a simple soldier.
not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious:
humble or lowly:
lacking mental acuteness or sense.
mentally deficient; simpleminded.
Chem. composed of only one substance or element: not mixed.
a simple substance.
Bot. not divided into parts:
a simple leaf.
Zool. not compound:
a simple ascidian.
Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single:
a simple tone.
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(of a subject or predicate) having only the head without modifying elements included. (of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) .
Ref: Compare complete (def. 5). 5; (opposed to compound 1 5 )
Ref: linear (def. 7) 7
(of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
(n.)an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
a person of humble origins; commoner.
an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes:
Origin of simple:
1175–1225; < OF < LL simplus simple = L sim- one +-plus, as in duplusduple (see -fold )
any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
a person lacking intelligence or common sense
having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
"a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"
elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic(adj)
easy and not involved or complicated
"an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)(adj)
apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
"only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"
childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple(adj)
exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
"childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
dim-witted, simple, simple-minded(adj)
lacking mental capacity and subtlety
(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
"a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
The math test was simple.
not complicated; = straightforward
It's a simple mechanism.
They led a very simple life.
A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.
A simple or atomic proposition
To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.
Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.
Without ornamentation; plain.
Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.
Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.
Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.
Of a group: having no normal subgroup.
Not compound, but possibly lobed.
Origin: From simple, from and simple, from simplex, from sim- + plicare: see same and fold. Compare single, singular, simultaneous, etc.
single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks
plain; unadorned; as, simple dress
mere; not other than; being only
not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true
artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward
direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language
weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly
not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living
humble; lowly; undistinguished
without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf
not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. Cf. Ultimate, a
consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; -- opposed to compound
something not mixed or compounded
a medicinal plant; -- so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy
a part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom
a feast which is not a double or a semidouble
to gather simples, or medicinal plants
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Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #696
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Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #953
Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Adjectives Frequency: #68
Translations for simple
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not difficult; easy
a simple task.
- simplesPortuguese (BR)
- απλός, εύκολοςGreek
- sencillo, fácil, simpleSpanish
- einfaldur, auðskilinnIcelandic
- 다우기 쉬운Korean
- paprastas, lengvasLithuanian
- enkel, lettNorwegian
- ساده، اسان: بسيط: مازې، تش (اصط) سوچ (لكه سوچ درواغ): سم، سيخ، نيغ: طبيعي، بې تصنعه: شډل، ناپوه، بېړا، شوده.ساده ژوندى (سړى) بيړا، شوده يو ډول طبي بوټى.Pashto
- simplu, uşorRomanian
- kolay, basitTurkish
- 簡單的Chinese (Trad.)
- простий; нескладнийUkrainian
- đơn giản, dễ hiểuVietnamese
- 简单的Chinese (Simp.)
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