adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
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Origin of simple
synonym study for simple
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What is a basic definition of simple?
Simple describes something as being easy to understand or do, as being plain or not elaborate, or as being ordinary or common. The word simple has many other senses as an adjective and a noun.
If something is simple, it involves little challenge or will be really easy. For example, counting to five is a simple task for most adults. Spoons and forks are simple eating tools, without any complex parts. In this sense, simple is a synonym of words such as easy and uncomplicated.
Real-life examples: Young students start with simple subjects, such as addition, before learning harder ones, such as multiplication. An untied shoelace is a simple problem to solve for most adults. Most young people find using a computer to be really simple.
Used in a sentence: I made dinner with a simple recipe designed for new cooks.
Used in a sentence: She wore a simple dress to the birthday party, with no bows or ruffles.
Simple can also describe something as being ordinary, mundane, or humble.
Real-life examples: Most pets lead simple lives of eating and sleeping. Some couples have simple weddings with no band, fireworks, or colorful decorations. A simple job is one you can do without thinking hard.
Used in a sentence: After winning the championship, I retired to live a simple life as a farmer.
Where does simple come from?
The first records of simple come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Latin simplex, meaning “plain.”
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What are some other forms related to simple?
- simply (adverb)
- simpleness (noun)
- oversimple (adjective)
- oversimpleness (noun)
- oversimply (adverb)
- subsimple (adjective)
- ultrasimple (adjective)
- unsimple (adjective)
- unsimpleness (noun)
- unsimply (adverb)
What are some synonyms for simple?
What are some words that share a root or word element with simple?
What are some words that often get used in discussing simple?
How is simple used in real life?
Simple is a very common word that most often describes something as easy.
Avoid overthinking, overanalyzing, and complicating things. Keep everything simple. Life is much more beautiful and enjoyable this way.
— KeepTheFaith EP Out Now (@OskidoIBelieve) December 23, 2020
Today I had my first conversation with my two year old. I asked him some yes or no questions and he answered me. It was really simple but felt huge.
— Weenietowne (@Weenietowne) December 26, 2020
Idk if I want a big Mexican wedding or just a simple wedding 🙃
— Jocelynne Lujan🥀 (@jocelynnelujan) December 29, 2020
Try using simple!
Which of the following is most likely to be described as being simple?
A. flying to the moon
B. brushing your teeth
C. climbing the world’s tallest mountain
D. learning 10 new languages
Example sentences from the Web for simple
This will cost a little extra money, but there are several simple after-market modifications you can make to get the most out of your new 4x4.
At Stanford, they were focused mostly on ethanol and methanol, which are simple liquid alcohols.ClearFlame Engine Technologies takes aim at cleaning up diesel engines|Kirsten Korosec|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
You can take some simple steps now to make the voting process smoother.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts|by Susie Armitage|September 16, 2020|ProPublica
So we felt that during a pandemic, the simplest version of a vaccine is the one that could reach billions of doses.Synthetic biologists have created a slow-growing version of the coronavirus to give as a vaccine|David Rotman|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Based on The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, it seems that Oracle may simple serve as the warehouse for TikTok’s domestic user data.How the future of TV and streaming has – and hasn’t – been reshaped so far by 2020|Tim Peterson|September 16, 2020|Digiday
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.
“It is the hardest to play,” one of the buglers says of this seemingly simple tune.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Smith's method usually gives good results, as does also the more simple method of Hiss (p. 263).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
It was a mighty simple transaction, but it produced some startling results for me, that same coin-spinning.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Let us look over these points again, and make the matter still clearer and more simple.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
If I selected lucid and simple extracts, they would give no idea of the intricacy and prolixity of Duns.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
It has long since dismissed as too short and simple for its pages, the short and simple annals of the poor.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for simple
- (of a fraction) containing only integers
- (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
- (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
- not divided into partsa simple leaf; a simple eye
- formed from only one ovarysimple fruit
Derived forms of simplesimpleness, noun
Word Origin for simple
Idioms and Phrases with simple
see pure and simple.