simply Definition

  • 1in a way that is easy to understand or do
  • 2used to emphasize the basic truth or simplicity of a situation

Using simply: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "simply" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I simply don't have time to help you.

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    It's simply impossible to finish this task by tomorrow.

  • Example

    She was simply stunning in her dress.

  • Example

    The answer is simply yes or no.

simply Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with simply

  • used to introduce a statement that is expressed in a clear and simple way


    Simply put, we need more funding to continue our research.

  • said or written in a clear and straightforward way


    The problem, simply stated, is that we don't have enough resources to complete the project.

  • so attractive or desirable as to be impossible to resist


    The smell of freshly baked cookies was simply irresistible.


Summary: simply in Brief

The adverb 'simply' [ˈsɪmpli] denotes ease of understanding or doing, and emphasizes the basic truth or simplicity of a situation. It can be used to describe impossibility, attractiveness, or clarity, as in 'It's simply impossible to finish this task by tomorrow.' 'Simply' appears in phrases like 'simply put,' introducing a clear statement, and 'simply irresistible,' denoting something too attractive to resist.

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