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

    absolutely

    "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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Frankly.

    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.

ChatGPT

  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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Numerology

  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. Superior Court Justice Susan Garsh:

    This court is simply ruling on whether to permit an examination under oath of the caller so that the parties can assess her credibility and decide whether to request that further action be taken by the court.

  2. Joe Alleva:

    Wayde Sims’ loss is simply unbelievable to us right now, there are no words that can express our sorrow for his parents and family.

  3. Getachew Reda:

    The grim stories some are trying to paint are absolutely groundless ... We do not want to let this stand in the way of our relations, but if the unconditional release of a convicted terrorist is what our British partners ask of us as a condition for maintaining our productive cooperation, it would simply be unfortunate.

  4. Julie Gaither:

    Opioids are now available in millions of American homes, which means that everyday individuals vulnerable to addiction and overdose - such as children, teens, the elderly, and those with a history of substance abuse - are routinely exposed to medications that are highly addictive and potentially deadly, simply having more of the medications around increases the risk for accidental poisonings in the young and overdose in teens and adults.

  5. Mike Davis:

    Justice Clarence Thomas is a great man, and the Democrats’ latest political attacks are simply repackaged smears in a 31-year campaign of hatred to punish and delegitimize a conservative Black Justice who thinks for himself.

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