Meaning of “simple” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈsɪm.pəl/ us /ˈsɪm.pəl/

(Definition of “simple” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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