- in a simple manner; with simplicity
- merely; only; just: simply trying to help
- absolutely; completely: I was simply furious
Elise told the irritated customer that she was simply following company policy and he should contact the corporate office to resolve the problem.
- An example of simply as an adverb is making a quilt with only a few stiches; I simply made this quilt with only a few stitches.
- An example of simply as an adverb is to really like everything about something; I simply love that gown!
Simply is defined as done in a plain or simple way, or completely.
- a. In a plain and unadorned way: dresses simply.b. In an unambiguous way; clearly: explained the concept simply.
- Not wisely or sensibly; foolishly.
- Merely; only: It is simply a matter of time.
- Absolutely; altogether: simply delicious.
- Frankly; candidly: You are, quite simply, the best candidate for the job.
(comparative more simply, superlative most simply)
- (manner) In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone.
- (manner) Plainly; without art or subtlety; clearly; obviously; unquestionably.
- (manner) Weakly; foolishly; stupidly.
- (focus) Merely; solely.
- I was simply asking a question.
- (degree) absolutely, positively.
- That was a simply wonderful dessert.
- (speech act) Frankly.
- Simply, he just fired you.
simple +"Ž -ly
- People simply cannot move that fast.
- Maybe Katie was simply trying to stay out of trouble.
- Maybe he was simply tired.
- He had simply avoided it.
- Was he going somewhere or simply exercising the horse?