Meaning of SIMPLE in English

SIMPLE

/ ˈsɪmpl; NAmE / adjective

( sim·pler , sim·plest )

HELP NOTE : You can also use more simple and most simple .

EASY

1.

not complicated; easy to understand or do

SYN easy :

a simple solution

The answer is really quite simple.

This machine is very simple to use.

We lost because we played badly. It's as simple as that .

Give the necessary information but keep it simple .

BASIC / PLAIN

2.

basic or plain without anything extra or unnecessary :

simple but elegant clothes

We had a simple meal of soup and bread.

The accommodation is simple but spacious.

OPP fancy

FOR EMPHASIS

3.

used before a noun to emphasize that it is exactly that and nothing else :

Nobody wanted to believe the simple truth.

It was a matter of simple survival.

It's nothing to worry about—just a simple headache.

I had to do it for the simple reason that (= because) I couldn't trust anyone else.

➡ note at plain

WITH FEW PARTS

4.

[ usually before noun ] consisting of only a few parts; not complicated in structure :

simple forms of life, for example amoebas

a simple machine

( grammar )

a simple sentence (= one with only one verb)

ORDINARY

5.

[ only before noun ] ( of a person ) ordinary; not special :

I'm a simple country girl.

NOT INTELLIGENT

6.

[ not usually before noun ] ( of a person ) not very intelligent; not mentally normal :

He's not mad—just a little simple.

GRAMMAR

7.

used to describe the present or past tense of a verb that is formed without using an auxiliary verb, as in She loves him (= the simple present tense) or He arrived late (= the simple past tense)

—see also simply

IDIOMS

see pure

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French , from Latin simplus .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.