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"simple" in British English

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simpleadjective

uk   /ˈsɪm.pəl/  us   /ˈsɪm.pəl/
  • simple adjective (FOOLISH)

old-fashioned A simple person does not have a normal level of intelligence: He was simple, but harmless.
(Definition of simple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"simple" in American English

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simpleadjective

 us   /ˈsɪm·pəl/
  • 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.
(Definition of simple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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