What does Simply mean?

Definitions for Simply
ˈsɪm plisim·p·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Simply.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, butadverb

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"

  2. just, simplyadverb


    "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!"

  3. simplyadverb

    absolutely; altogether; really

    "we are simply broke"

  4. plainly, simplyadverb

    in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment

    "she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply"


  1. simplyadverb

    In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone

  2. simplyadverb

    Plainly; without art or subtlety; clearly; obviously; unquestionably.

  3. simplyadverb

    merely; solely.

    I was simply asking a question.

  4. simplyadverb

    absolutely, positively.

    That was a simply wonderful dessert.

  5. simplyadverb


    Simply, he just fired you.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Simplyadverb

    Etymology: from simple.

    Accomplishing great things by things deem’d weak;
    Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise,
    By simply meek. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    This question about the changing of laws concerneth only such laws as are positive, and do make that now good or evil, by being commanded or forbidden, which otherwise of itself were not simply the one or the other. Richard Hooker.

    Under man, no creature in the world is capable of felicity and bliss; because their chiefest perfection consisteth in that which is best for them, but not in that which is simply best, as ours doth. Richard Hooker.

    I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft
    As captain shall; simply the thing I am
    Shall make me live. William Shakespeare.

    To say, or to do ought with memory and imitation, no purpose or respect should sooner move us, than simply the love of God and of mankind. John Milton.


  1. simply

    Simply is an adverb that is used to express something in a straightforward or uncomplicated manner. It implies a lack of complexity, without any elaboration or unnecessary detail. It often denotes something that is easy to understand, do, or achieve. Simply can also imply sincerity or honesty in a statement or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simplyadverb

    in a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely

  2. Simplyadverb

    plainly; without art or subtlety

  3. Simplyadverb

    weakly; foolishly

Editors Contribution

  1. simplyadverb

    In a simple way or manner.

    The systems were defined and created simply to ensure optimum efficiency.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Simply' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #533

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Simply' in Written Corpus Frequency: #823

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Simply' in Adverbs Frequency: #74

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Simply in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Simply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Simply in a Sentence

  1. Betsy DeVos:

    Too many cases involve students and faculty who have faced investigation and punishment simply for speaking their minds or teaching their classes.

  2. Norman Nathman:

    The average woman simply doesn't have the same support in terms of childcare and also lacks the funds for various forms of self-care that Gisele values, so, while the sentiment is lovely, the reality is very different for those not making a reported $ 128,000 / day.

  3. Charles Bukowski:

    Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.

  4. Jay Gonzalez:

    Baker hides behind the chaos Trump creates. He hopes we’ll lower our expectations and simply be grateful he isn’t crazy like our president, well, Charlie, you can’t hide from us. We are pulling back the curtain on your failed leadership. We expect more from our governor. Not being crazy is not good enough.

  5. Grant Smith:

    Michael Caputo Stone has stated publicly that Michael Caputo Stone is being asked over and over to say things Michael Caputo Stone simply does not believe occurred, i am not aware of any plea talks involving Jerry Corsi, Jerry Corsi is an investigative journalist whose activities I would think would largely be covered under the first amendment. Jerry Corsi is relentless in Jerry Corsi research, and Jerry Corsi network of sources is very wide.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    A abduct
    B elaborate
    C affront
    D scarper

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