simply

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv simply and nothing more "I was merely asking","it is simply a matter of time","just a scratch","he was only a child","hopes that last but a moment"
    • adv simply absolutely; altogether; really "we are simply broke"
    • adv simply in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment "she was dressed plainly","they lived very simply"
    • adv simply absolutely "I just can't take it anymore","he was just grand as Romeo","it's simply beautiful!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Simply In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely. "They] make that now good or evil, . . . which otherwise of itself were not simply the one or the other.""Simply the thing I am
      Shall make me live."
    • Simply Plainly; without art or subtlety. "Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise
      By simply meek."
    • Simply Weakly; foolishly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • simply In a simple manner Without complication, intricacy, obscurity, or circumlocution; easily; plainly.
    • simply Without extravagance or parade; unostentatiously.
    • simply without pretense or affectation; unassumingly; artlessly.
    • simply Without wisdom or discretion; unwisely; foolishly.
    • simply Merely; solely; only.
    • simply Hence— Absolutely; quite.
    • simply Absolutely; in the full sense of the words; not in a particular respect merely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • adv Simply in a simple manner: artlessly: foolishly: weakly: plainly: considered by itself: alone: merely: solely
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Quotations

  • Louis L'Amour
    Louis L'Amour
    “Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”
  • James H. Robinson
    James H. Robinson
    “Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Be not simply good; be good for something.”
  • Eric Butterworth
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    “One of the best things to do sometimes is simply to be.”
  • John R. Amos
    John R. Amos
    “It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.

Usage

In literature:

He smiled, simply to reassure it.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It was not so much that her romance had met with open disaster as that it had simply faded away.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
The church might therefore be regarded as simply the religious department of the state.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
I simply can't or won't do that yet.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
His mind simply did not work.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
I simply haven't the knack.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
As it was, he allowed them to keep the house, while he simply took the revenue of the estate.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
On the contrary, as virtuosos, women compare well with men in simply reproductive art.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The magazine writers were "tearing off copy," the painters were simply "slapping it down.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
The working classes at present are simply humbugged by the Churches.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

But Mr Dove is much too keen
To let a single bird be seen;
To show the pigeons would not do,
And so he simply paints the coo.
"Post-Impressionism" by Bert Leston Taylor
This year's a different thing,-
I'll not think of you.
But I'll like the Spring because it is simply spring
As the thrushes do.
"I So Liked Spring" by Charlotte Mary Mew
When the world was first created
By th' all-wise Eternal One,
Asked he none for help or counsel,--
Simply spake, and it was done!
"The Creation Of Man" by Morris Rosenfeld
Jesus spoke from out His mansion:
"Thou, as I, can spotless be,
Vilest hearts have been made precious,
Simply trust and follow me."
"Spotless (James 1:21)" by Frank Barbour Coffin
No wish had he to sulk or blame,
Nor did he need to understand,
But simply loved me just the same,--
In silence licking face and hand.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
Mists, bones, the singer himself, love-stories,
And all least furlable things got "furled";
Not with any design to conceal their glories,
But simply and solely to rhyme with "world."
"Lovers And A Reflection" by Charles Stuart Calverley

In news:

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Simply ask Jesus to come into your heart.
"Simply giving someone one compliment is enough to make them feel better about themselves," Fea tells WebMD.
Sampling is needed when direct measurement of the air is undesirable or is simply not feasible.
Brian Valentine simply wanted to give his wife the wedding present of a lifetime.
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Like his dad (David Keith), he's a con man , and the loves of his life are marks he has simply fallen for.
Simply connect the microphone's USB cable to a computer's USB port, and installation is quick and effortless.
The package containing the foot was addressed simply to the Conservative Party .
Every now and then you run into a video that is just simply amazing.
The world of cooking becomes much more effortless and enjoyable when you simply use the correct tools.
"The utilities were simply allowed to copyright it, but since that time they have divested themselves of the copyright ," Shaw said.
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In science:

In the complex case, polarized sections are simply holomorphic sections.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
This important simplification is a property of the models with a δ -correlated magnetic field.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The chiral condensate is simply a parameter of the effective partition function.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
N (δ) will simply measure the set and appear to scale as N (δ) ∼ δ−Df (β ,m) .
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
This shows that the component field φk is simply a primary field with the weight ∆ + k/3.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
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