Meaning of SIMPLY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ sɪmpli ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


You use simply to emphasize that something consists of only one thing, happens for only one reason, or is done in only one way.

The table is simply a chipboard circle on a base...

Most of the damage that’s occurred was simply because of fallen trees...

= just

ADV : ADV before v , ADV with cl / group [ emphasis ]


You use simply to emphasize what you are saying.

This sort of increase simply cannot be justified...

So many of these questions simply don’t have answers...

= just

ADV : ADV before v , ADV adj [ emphasis ]


see also simple

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