American English

Definition of simply adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used to emphasize how easy or basic something is synonym just Simply add hot water and stir. The runway is simply a strip of grass. Fame is often simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. You can enjoy all the water sports, or simply lie on the beach.
  2. 2used to emphasize a statement synonym absolutely You simply must see the play. The view is simply wonderful! That is simply not true! I haven't seen her for simply ages.
  3. 3in a way that is easy to understand The book explains grammar simply and clearly. Anyway,to put it simply, we still owe them $2,000.
  4. 4in a way that is natural and plain The rooms are simply furnished. They live simply (= they do not spend much money).
  5. 5used to introduce a summary or an explanation of something that you have just said or done I don't want to be rude,it's simply that we have to be careful who we give this information to. He was loud, vulgar and arrogant—quite simply the rudest man I've ever met!
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