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simply Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb and nothing more
    but; merely; only; just.
    • I was merely asking
    • it is simply a matter of time
    • just a scratch
    • he was only a child
    • hopes that last but a moment
  2. adverb absolutely
    • I just can't take it anymore
    • he was just grand as Romeo
    • it's simply beautiful!
  3. adverb absolutely; altogether; really
    • we are simply broke
  4. adverb in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment
    • she was dressed plainly
    • they lived very simply

Sim"ply adverb
  1. In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely.
    [They] make that now good or evil, . . . which otherwise of itself were not simply the one or the other. Hooker.
    Simply the thing I am Shall make me live. Shak.
  2. Plainly; without art or subtlety.
    Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise By simply meek. Milton.
  3. Weakly; foolishly. Johnson.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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