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simply

[sim-plee] /ˈsɪm pli/
adverb
1.
in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
2.
plainly; unaffectedly.
3.
sincerely; artlessly:
to speak simply as a child.
4.
merely; only:
It is simply a cold.
5.
unwisely; foolishly:
If you behave simply toward him, you're bound to be betrayed.
6.
wholly; absolutely:
simply irresistible.
Origin of simply
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, simply is from the Middle English word simpleliche. See simple, -ly
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  • No questions were asked; no information given; they simply disappeared.

  • She simply lived by her wits, and perhaps by some want of that article in her male friends.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Yet Hope had appealed to him so simply, had trusted him so nobly!

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • It was simply impossible to judge with any accuracy of the distance of the ship.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But as I gather it, after you shot Bill Dozier you simply sat on your horse and waited.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for simply

simply

/ˈsɪmplɪ/
adverb
1.
in a simple manner
2.
merely; only
3.
absolutely; altogether; really: a simply wonderful holiday
4.
(sentence modifier) frankly; candidly
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Word Origin and History for simply
adv.

late 13c., simpleliche; see simple + -ly (2). Purely intensive sense is attested from 1580s.

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