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simple +‎ ly, with *-lely simplified to -ly by haplology.



simply (comparative more simply, superlative most simply)

  1. (manner) In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone.
  2. (manner) Plainly; without art or subtlety
    Synonyms: clearly, obviously, unquestionably
  3. (manner) Weakly; foolishly; stupidly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  4. (focus) Merely; solely.
    • 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. [] This set-up solves several problems […]. Stopping high-speed trains wastes energy and time, so why not simply slow them down enough for a moving platform to pull alongside?
    I was simply asking a question.
  5. (degree) absolutely, positively.
    That was a simply wonderful dessert.
  6. (speech act) Frankly.
    Simply, he just fired you.


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