Meaning of SIMPLY in English


sim ‧ ply S1 W1 /ˈsɪmpli/ BrE AmE adverb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ simplicity , ↑ simplification , ↑ simpleton ; adverb : ↑ simply , ↑ simplistically ; adjective : ↑ simple , ↑ simplistic ; verb : ↑ simplify ]

1 . used to emphasize what you are saying:

This work is simply not good enough.

He simply won’t accept the committee’s decision.

That would be simply wonderful!

It is quite simply the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.

2 . only SYN just :

Some students lose marks simply because they don’t read the question properly.

It’s not simply a question of money.

What we need is not simply a smaller organization, but a more efficient one.

3 . used to emphasize how easy it is to do something:

Simply fill in the coupon and take it to your local store.

4 . if you say or explain something simply, you say it in a way that is easy for people to understand:

Try to express yourself more simply.

To put it simply, the tax cuts mean the average person will be about 3% better off.

5 . if you live simply, you live in a plain and ordinary way, without spending much money:

We had to live very simply on my father’s small salary.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.