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simple

adjective  /ˈsɪm·pəl/ us  

simple adjective (PLAIN)

[-er/-est only] without unnecessary or extra things or decorations; plain: a simple black dress It’s a simple Boston lettuce salad.

simple adjective (EASY)

[-er/-est only] easy to understand or do; not difficult or complicated: The recipe is very simple. There’s a simple solution if you don’t like what’s on TV – change the channel.

simple adjective (CONSIDERED ALONE)

[not gradable] without considering or including anything else: The simple fact is the fee is high because the rights are valuable.

simple adjective (COMMON)

[-er/-est only] common or ordinary: I’ve got simple tastes, and I’m too old and cranky to change.

simple adjective (FOOLISH)

[-er/-est only] dated foolish; easily deceived: He’s a very simple young man.
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