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simplyadverb

uk   /ˈsɪm.pli/ us   /ˈsɪm.pli/
  • simply adverb (IMPORTANT)

B2 completely or as much as possible: You look simply (= really) beautiful in that dress. The hunger in parts of Africa is terrible - there's (quite) simply (= without doubt) no other word for it.
B2 only: I don't like my job - I simply do it for the money.

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

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simplyadverb

us   /ˈsɪm·pli/
  • simply adverb (JUST)

[not gradable] just; only: I simply don’t trust him. We simply go to camp, set it up, and spend the weekend. They voted not simply for him and his party, but against Boris Yeltsin.
[not gradable] Simply is sometimes used for emphasis: That simply isn’t so!
  • simply adverb (IN AN EASY WAY)

in a way that is easy to understand or do: To put it simply, we won’t pay until we’ve received the goods we ordered.
  • simply adverb (IN A DIRECT WAY)

[not gradable] in a direct way, without using a lot of words: Bowman said simply that "everything was OK."
  • simply adverb (IN A PLAIN WAY)

in a plain way, without unnecessary things or decorations: He lived in a simply furnished apartment. She lived simply, alone with her cat and her books.
(Definition of simply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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