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Meaning of “simple” in the English Dictionary

"simple" in British English

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simpleadjective

uk   us   /ˈsɪm.pl̩/
  • simple adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 [before noun] used to ​describe the one ​importantfact, ​truth, etc.: We didn't go ​swimming for the simple ​reason that the ​water was too ​cold.

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  • simple adjective (FOOLISH)

old-fashioned A simple ​person does not have a ​normallevel 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 ​blackdress It’s a simple Boston ​lettucesalad.
  • 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; ​easilydeceived: He’s a very simple ​young man.
(Definition of simple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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