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Meaning of “simply” in the English Dictionary

"simply" in British English

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simplyadverb

uk   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)

"simply" in American English

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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 ​furnishedapartment. 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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